Suspect found with N.637m
Nigerian army said its troops have intercepted eight suspected Boko Haram recruitment agents that had attempted to enter Gwoza town for the purpose of luring youths into the sect.
The troops also established from preliminary investigation that the suspects had planned to enter and re-capture Gwoza town. Some hostages held by the terrorists were also recued.
It said troops of 26 Task Force Brigade stationed in Gwoza stopped the terrorists, who had initially claimed to be farmers from Shiadawey, Takwala and Amdaga Madachi villages respectively, places known to be terrorist hideouts.
Acting director of army public relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that over six hundred and thirty seven thousand naira (N637,000.00k) was found on one Abdullahi Yakubu, who was identified by another escapee/suspected Boko Haram terrorist, as having trading links with the terrorists while the others were confirmed to have participated in carrying out various acts of terror for the Boko Haram terrorists group.
In addition, one Ibrahim Bute aged 67 years, of Gobara village was arrested by the troops on suspicion of being a Boko Haram kingpin.
Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade also conducted a fighting patrol along Bitta-Madube-Izge axis same day.
He said, in continuation of clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. He said the troops of 7 Division in Operation Lafiya Dole have also been making tremendous progress in their various areas of operational responsibilities.
They were able to carry out clearance operations, raids and patrols that resulted in the killing of so many suspected Boko Haram terrorists, arrests and rescue of persons, as well as recovery of arms and ammunitions.
He said that the troops of 117 Task Force Battalion following a tip off, also arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist who gave his name as Bello Isah at Mugulvu village. The unit also discovered and retrieved 29 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) rounds of ammunition hidden at a farm in Gella village.
“The troops of 7 Division Special Fighting Forces attached to 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa, at a checkpoint, arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Abubakar Bello and 6 other suspects carrying 28 gallons of “Turkey” brand of vegetable oil, 8 bags of flour, 130 crates of soft drinks and 2 bags of sugar.
In addition, five mobile telephone handsets, one external hard drive and five flash drives, two national identity cards and the sum of seventy thousand naira (N70, 000.00k) only were recovered from him.
Preliminary investigation discovered that the terrorists had dilute the vegetable oil with other substances to produce diesel to power their generators”.
He said on their part, troops of 3rd Battalion also conducted patrol towards Diema, Sigel and Kala in which they had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists, killing eight terrorists and recovering 2 Dane guns and four assorted batteries.