Military arrest insurgents in Taraba, seize cache of arms
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.
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.