JTF Recaptures Three Local Govts in Borno State Previously Under Boko Haram’s Control
Information as regards the recaptured local governments were immediately not available, but the violent sect, prior to Tuesday’s declaration of a state of emergency by President Goodluck Jonathan had been in control of at least 10 local govts namely Marte, Magumeri, Mobbar, Gubio, Guzamala, Abadamin, Kukawa, Kaga, Nganzai and Monguno.
The operatives of the JTF also reportedly took over a training camp of the sect in an early hour operation on Thursday. The camp known as Sambisa is located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Scores of people found in the camp were reportedly arrested during the raid, a soldier who craved anonymity told correspondents in Maiduguri.
He however declined to comment on the number of persons arrested from the camp as well as the casualty figures recorded in the operation. He simply said “We will interrogate them and those who are not members of the sect will be set free. The operation is being carried out in such a way that there is no harassment. The innocent should not be afraid.”
Meanwhile, residents of Maiduguri have expressed fears over the entry of the insurgent group in the town as well as the operations of the military in the city. There are fears that members of the Boko Haram sect may sneak into town to carry out attacks and the JTF may have to respond, with possibilities of civilians caught in cross fires.
Shop owners who sell provisions are reportedly finding it difficult to replenish their stock, while farmers no longer find it easy to go to their farms due to the heavy presence of army personnel.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in three northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and ordered the deployment of more troops to these areas.
He said all efforts to bring the violence in the area under control had failed hence the need to use force to force insurgents out of the states, especially Borno where the President said insurgents had taken control of the northern part.
The Boko Haram insurgency began in Maiduguri in 2009 and Borno State is seen as the operational base of the sect that has killed at least 2,500 persons in attacks on military and police facilities, drinking joints, worship houses and markets.
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