The Defence Headquarters on Monday said 120 terrorists were arrested in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, during the burial of a commander of the insurgents.
Disclosing this in a statement in Abuja, military spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said the sect commander died during an encounter with the Special Task Forces.
“In Maiduguri, about 120 terrorists were arrested as they organised the burial of one of their commanders who died in an encounter with the Special Forces the previous day. The arrested insurgents are in custody of the Joint Task Force where they are being interrogated,” Olukolade said.
According to him, Special Forces had secured the environs of New Marte, Hausari, Krenoa, Wulgo and ChikunNgulalo in Borno State after destroying all the terrorists’ camps in the areas.
“The troops are already interacting with locals and citizens, assuring them of their safety and freedom from the activities of insurgents.
“Terrorists fleeing towards Chad and Niger Republic are being contained as they have had encounters with Multi-National Joint Task Force in various locations towards the border.
“Advancing troops also observed a few shallow graves believed to be those of hurriedly buried members of the terrorist group.”
Olukolade also said that Defence Headquarters had observed the use of photographs purportedly taken in the areas covered by the operations, and claimed that the photographs were questionable as they did not reflect any related reality of the social or geographical environment.
He added, “This also makes the story they claim to depict of Nigerians fleeing to Niger Republic and other countries doubtful. The media are advised to always strive to associate stories with accurate pictures in order to avoid misleading the public.”
The Defence Headquarters also assured civilians of cordial relationship in its ongoing war against terrorism.