On saturday, the chief of army staff said seven-year fight against the Boko Haram terrorists as been “quite sober and touchy”. He added that a top member of Boko Haram sect was arrested in Ikorodu, Lagos. The suspect is one of the fleeing insurgents recently chased from Sambisa forest in Borno State. This was told the Chief of army staff.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai disclosed this on Chrustmas day Sunday, December 25th, during the re-opening of two major roads, Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga, that were closed since 2014 at the height of the activities of the insurgents.
Buratai charged troops to pursue the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists and intercept them, adding that counter insurgency efforts would be sustained to prevent re-grouping of insurgents. “You must maintain the momentum of the operation. We must pursue the terrorists wherever they are. We must not allow them to regroup,” the army chief said. He said in spite of the take over of the terrorists last strong hold in the Sambisa forest, they have no time to waste.
Finally, thehe Chief of Army Staff cautioned against extortion of motorists who would ply the road. He also advised against inducement of soldiers, maintaining that troops are well taken care of the Army command.