Fresh facts have emerged that the cache of weapons recovered from radical Islamist sect – Boko Haram – was planned for use during President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the highly volatile states of Yobe and Borno States last week Thursday and Friday.
It was reported that few hours after the departure of President Jonathan, operatives of the JTF ambushed a hideout of suspected Boko Haram members in Maiduguri where they killed 20 of them and recovered sophisticated weapons, including guns that had the capacity to bring down aircraft.
Also recovered at the Jajeri suburb hideout of the militants were two technical vehicles with mounted Anti-Aircraft Stands.
This was disclosed at a media briefing by the Joint Task Force, JTF, throught its spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa.
But for the vigilance of security agents, the insurgents had allegedly finalized plans to attack the plane of President Goodluck Jonathan while flying into Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Thursday for his two-day visit.
The under listed weapons, ammunition, uniforms and other items were recovered in Friday’s operation:
3 anti aircraft guns; 10 rocket propelled grenade tubes; 3 general purpose machine guns; 17 AK47 rifles; 3 G3 rifles; 1 pistol (lama);
20 RPG bombs; 12 RPG chargers; 1x 36 hand held grenade; 1 teargas rifle; 33 AK 47 magazines; 11 FN magazines; 3 G3 magazines; 11,068 assorted ammunitions;
2 technical vehicles with mounted anti aircraft stands; 1 box of weapons cleaning kit; 4 swords and two knifes; 5 walking talkies; 4 VHF hand held sets; 1 multi links router; and assorted uniforms and kits.