Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has declared the dreaded leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, and 99 other members of the group wanted.
Speaking on Wednesday, Buratai appealed to members of the public to provide useful information on hideouts and residences of the suspects in the north-east.
Assuring the people that information given will be treated in confidence, the army boss gave the following telephone numbers: 0818155888, 08160030300, 07053333123, as lines to reach the military.
“The fight against Boko Haram insurgency is a collective responsibility of all, including the media,” he said at the Maimalari cantonment where he unveiled the publicity materials containing the names and pictures of the suspects.
“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.
“If any member of the general public identifies the location and whereabouts of these suspects, please contact these three telephone numbers.”
Although the military had at different times claimed to haver killed Shekau, the December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to wipe out the sect and their activities may have necessitated the decision.