The Nigerian Army has appealed to people of some communities in Borno State not to hesitate to divulge vital information about fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.
The Spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu stated that the Army has received credible “information and evidence on Boko Haram terrorists’ psychological warfare on Borno communities.
According to him, the warfare was to instill ‘fear and terror’ on residents of various communities located on fringes of Maiduguri metropolis.
Communities like Auno, Jakana and Mainok, all in the State were recently issued notice of vacation by insurgents, as Boko Haram may launch attacks.
Nwachukwu in a statement released in Maiduguri said, “The terrorists have clandestinely been going about threatening innocent residents, warning them to vacate their ancestral homes.
“So far, out of fear, several inhabitants have moved out from their respective communities, including Auno, Jakana and Mainok along the Maiduguri Damaturu road.”
He added, “Consequently, we wish to inform all well-meaning citizens, especially within Maiduguri metropolis and its environs to promptly report the presence of suspicious persons or avail the security agencies of information about such persons.”
He, however, warned that failure to provide such information will be viewed as collaboration with Boko Haram terrorists.
He explained further that such compromising persons will be treated like the terrorists under the military counter-insurgency operations.
Nwachukwu urged the public to “cooperate and support” the ongoing military operations to weed out infiltrating terrorists and sympathizers.