The Nigerian Army says some Boko Haram Terrorists are currently seeking refuge in the homes of some individuals in parts of Borno and Yobe State.
According to a statement issued on Saturday, September 21, 2019, by the acting director army public relations operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, the development is a result of the military’s unrelenting onslaught on the BHT/ISWAP hideouts, along the Lake Chad region and Northern Borno.
Consequently, the command says it received information that the fleeing criminals are seeking refuge in homes of “some unscrupulous individuals”.
“These fugitives have been escaping and taking refuge in the residence of some persons in Maiduguri, Damboa, Gajiram, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Gwoza Dikwa, Benisheikh, Ngamdu, Bama, Gamboru, Konduga, Gajigana and other smaller towns all in Borno State. Others, have also run to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe State, among others,” the statement read in part.
Isa, therefore, called on those who are said to be harbouring the criminals to report them to the army.
“While we are making concerted efforts to trace and fish out the fleeing criminals, it is important to inform and warn all those harbouring the fleeing fugitives to report or hand them to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole immediately.
“Failure to do that would attract severe consequences.
“The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in aforementioned areas, to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities,” the statement read.