The Nigerian Army has issued an e-mailed statement to The Trent on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in which it revealed that Magumeri Town in Borno State was a known hideout for Boko Haram terrorists and that residents of the town habour and support the Islamist terrorists who have killed over 30,000 Nigerian in the past 7 years.
The full statement signed by the army spokesperson, Brigadier General Usman Sani, below.
UPDATE ON ATTACK ON MAGUMERI TOWN AND THE NEED TO EXPOSE BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS
Please recall that suspected Boko Haram terrorists attempted to unleash mayhem on Magumeri town, Magumeri Local Government Area, Borno State yesterday evening. The timely intervention of the military thwarted the attack.
While troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community. The terrorists that attack the village are well known to the people.
It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons. The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.
Consequently, we are constrained to state that it’s now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them. It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst.
The terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts.
It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations