Mil­i­tary ar­rest in­sur­gents in Taraba, seize cache of arms

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The De­fence head­quar­ters yes­ter­day said in­sur­gents ar­rested in counter ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions in Taraba state have con­fessed to be­ing mem­bers of Boko Haram.

A state­ment by the Di­rec­tor of De­fence In­for­ma­tion, Ma­jor Gen­eral Chris Oluko­lade said se­cu­rity forces ar­rested the group of ter­ror­ists op­er­at­ing un­der the guise of herds­men from a camp in the out­skirt of Wukari, Taraba state.

He added that oth­ers were killed in a bat­tle with se­cu­rity forces af­ter an at­tack on a mil­i­tary check point at Gindin Dorowa, a sub­urb of Wukari in Taraba State.

Oluko­lade also said, “Other mem­bers of the group were sighted in the course of air sur­veil­lance and later trailed to their camp where they en­gaged the troops in a bat­tle.”

He ex­plained that the sus­pects were clad in the usual pat­tern of dress of their coun­ter­parts op­er­at­ing in Borno and Yobe States.

“One of the ap­pre­hended armed men con­fessed that he had been fight­ing for the in­sur­gents in Borno state and was re­cently brought to Wukari area in fur­ther­ance of their mis­sion,” Oluko­lade said.

As­sorted arms and am­mu­ni­tion were re­cov­ered from them.

Mean­while, the cur­few im­posed on Wukari and its en­vi­rons is to be re­laxed as nor­malcy re­turns to the town, the mil­i­tary said.

Oluko­lade also said troops on pa­trol of the Lake Chad Is­lands have made some ar­rests, not­ing that among those ar­rested was a boat op­er­a­tor who fer­ries ter­ror­ists across the Lake Chad.

He said an­other ter­ror­ist con­fessed to be­ing a sup­plier of hard drugs to the ter­ror­ist groups in the area.

PHOTO: NAN

An of­fi­cial of Nigeria Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW), screen­ing a ve­hi­cle with a bomb de­tec­tion de­vice at the en­trance of a Mo­tor Park in Jos yes­ter­day.

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