Army Recovers Shekau’s Flag, Holy Book In Sambisa Forest
The Nigerian Army says it has recovered a Qur’an and a flag in Camp Zero, the Boko Haram’s Headquarters in Sambisa forest, believed to belong Abubakar Shekau.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said this on Wednesday in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen on “Operation Rescue Final’’.
“We believe that the Holy Book and the flag were abandoned by Abubakar Shekau while he escaped.
Irabor said scores of insurgents in Sambisa forest fleed the battle having been overpowered by “We have also made a lot of arrests. Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa Nigerian troops.
He said they could not be taken out from the air because they used civilians as human shield some of whom could likely be the Chiboks girls.
He however said some of them were arrested during the cause of the operation, adding that the exercise to fish out the hiding terrorist is continues.
“We have also made a lot of arrests. Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa from Potiskum on Christmas day which was Dec.25.
“On Dec. 26 our troops also intercepted two Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri.
“We, therefore, warn residents of the state to be wary of people coming to hide in and around their houses.
“We are also warning residents to report any suspected Boko Haram members hiding in their houses to the relevant security agencies and any failure to do that would tantamount to supporting and sympathising with the sect’s activities,’’ Irabor said.