Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:55 pm
Nigeria military on Wednesday said its operations in Taraba State have resulted in the capture of a group of terrorists operating under the guise of herdsmen in a camp in the outskirt of Wukari where clashes between men alleged to pastoralists and farmers have led to the loss of scores of lives in the past few weeks.
It also said some terrorists were killed after they launched an attack on military check point at Gindin Dorowa, a suburb of Wukari in Taraba State.
Major General Chris Olukolade, spokesperson for Defence Headquarters who said this in a statement added other members of the group were sighted in the course of air surveillance and later trailed to their camp where they engaged the troops in a battle.
According to him, the terrorists were clad in the usual pattern of dress of their counterparts (Boko Haram) operating in Borno and Yobe States.
“One of the apprehended armed men confessed that he had been fighting for the terrorist group in Borno State and was recently brought to Wukari area in furtherance of their mission. Assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from them,” said General Olukolade.
The Defence spokesperson also revealed that the curfew imposed on Wukari and its environs is expected to be relaxed as normalcy returns to the town while troops have maintained patrol of the area and carrying out house-to-house search for arms.
The Military also said it on patrol of the Lake Chad Islands have made some arrests.
“Among those arrested was a boat operator who ferries terrorists across the Lake Chad while another confessed to being a supplier of hard drugs to the terrorist groups in the area,” said Olukolade who added that the search for the abducted students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok is also being intensified.