Nigerian Army will henceforth deal decisively with its officers and men who are in the habit of collecting money from some persons to escort civilian motorists and goods along the major routes in the Northeast region.
Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, North East Zone, Major General Lucky E. O. Irabor, who described the act as unprofessional conduct, gave the warning yesterday while keeping the public abreast on its latest operations against Boko Haram.
Maj Gen Irabor said the military opted to deal the situation swiftly following allegations in recent times that military personnel were extorting motorists and other civilian persons to protect their goods along major high ways in Borno in particular and other areas.
“These allegations are currently being investigated. However, should there be any officer or soldier who is seen collecting money, please do not hesitate to report such to the Theatre Command”.
“The military has a responsibility to Nigerians. We are here to protect and assist Nigerians according to the law of the land. In that regard, all requirements for the task to be performed are being provided.
“Therefore, please note that you do not have to pay for such escorts and do not be accomplices to the illegal payment. Whoever is caught doing that will face the full weight of the law either military or civilian. Also, please feel free to report such illegal activities through any of these GSM numbers: 0902-810-1021 and 0808-225-2400”, Irabor said.
Also, he said the troops while clearing patrol around Kala Balge general area on 7 June killed one Boko Haram suspect while others who suffered gunshot wounds fled. Some of the items recovered were 3 motorcycles and a bag containing the sum of N466,000.00 only.
Additionally, he said eight abducted persons made up of two adult females, two female teenagers and three male children were rescued from the faith-based terrorists.
“However, one male minor sustained injury and has been treated at our medical centre. All the rescued persons are in our custody for further screening and profiling,” he said.
According to him, clearing operation at Yajiwa in Alagarno forest on 9 June, killing eight terrorists in the process and recovered from the camps two primed IEDs, three pressure plates, a 36-hand grenade, two Dane guns, seven motorcycles, a damaged mine detector, a vehicle and a camel bag, among others.
The following day, according to him, the troops killed 10 Boko Haram members after receiving information that some terrorists’ elements were moving towards Muska village in Ngala local government area, adding that it was troops at Logomani that ambushed and crushed the suspected Boko Haram members. Two other suspects, who were captured alive, are now helping the troops, while two civilians were rescued during the operation.
Among the items recovered include: six AK47 magazines, 56 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, a bundle of detonating cord, a manual booklet on preparation of IED, two magazine pouches, a techno Ipad, a Nokia handset, a Gionee handset, a digital multimeter, six sim cards, three memory cards, an Airtel modem containing memory card, a wrist watch, two Islamic books, an empty black bag and two motorcycles.

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