Military declares 100 B’ Haram terrorists wanted
THE Military yesterday declared 100 suspected Boko Haram sect members wanted for “arrest, prosecution and punishment,” when members of the general public provided useful information to the military and other security agencies on suspects’ hideouts and residences in any part of the country.
The provision of more information about the “wanted suspects,” according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, could be delivered by calling three telephone numbers: 0818155888, 08160030300 and 07053333123 to the military.
Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday predicted that the Boko Haram insurgency in the country would end soon, just as it commended the effort of the military and other security forces to end the militants threat in the north eastern states.
The Arewa leaders’ National Working Committee met yesterday, under the leadership of the Forum’s Chairman, former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, just as the meeting noted “with satisfaction the effort of the military and other security agencies in their determination to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast particularly the persistent onslaught on the enclaves of the terrorists.”
The Army declaration was made yesterday when Buratai launched the Anti-Boko Haram Terrorists Campaign Materials at the Maimalari Cantonment Youth Centre, Maiduguri.
Buratai said, “The fight against Boko Haram insurgency was a collective responsibility of all, including the media. These photographs of terrorists’ suspects are to be identified with their numbers attached to each of the 100 photos, while members of the general public could send in more information on the locations or whereabouts of these Boko Haram sect members that appeared in these special photo identifications. Each of the suspects must have either participated or involved in the ongoing war in the theatre operations of Lafiya Dole.
“If any member of the general public identifies the location and whereabouts of these suspects, please contact these three telephone numbers in this launched anti-terrorism campaign materials in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.”
Of the 100 photos of the suspects launched by the military, most of them are teenagers, with only three above 70 years.
Buratai however, noted that all the informants’ sources and identities would be kept very confidential, as rewards for information about the suspects will be provided by the military.
ACF statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, expressed the hope that “With more troops, adequate equipment and personal supervision of Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the military would subdue the insurgents.”,
ACF further counselled the military to station soldiers in the areas captured and sustain a permanent surveillance that will reassure the people of their safety.
The Arewa elders expressed sadness by the recent suicide bomb attacks on innocent Muslim faithful during their evening and morning prayers in Maiduguri and Yola in Borno and Adamawa states respectively, where about 75 people were killed and many injured.”
“This wicked attack on soft targets using innocent female suicide bombers by the Boko Haram terrorists, they said, “is most unfortunate and worrisome.”