Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF have in their aggressive posture, continued to intensify operations against terrorists including their logistic suppliers following several arrest of some of the BH/ISWAP logisticians recently along the Lake Chad Basin.
In a statement, Chief of Military Public Information Officer at the MNJTF Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke said in joint coordinated operations between Sectors 3 and 4 of the MNJTF in the Kamadougu Yobe river general area along the Nigeria/ Niger common border areas, over 900 people made up of women, children and elderly people suspected to be families and collaborators of the insurgents have been arrested while collaboration with national authorities and subsequent profiling and handover is ongoing.
He stated further that the emerging situation by the MNJTF troops of Sector 3 Nigeria started on 5 Mar 2023 following the arrest of two suspected Boko Haram logistics suppliers and their collaborators Muhammed Sabo and Sarki Danladi while trying to exit Munguno town to the Tumbuns to link up with the terrorists.
Items recovered from the suspects include 2 blankets, 2 fishermen identity card, 3 wristwatches, 2 access passes which were issued by the terrorists, 20 empty sack bags, some personal clothing amongst others. The suspects are undergoing interrogation.
Also on 4 March 2023, troops while on stop and search operation along the Main Supply Route Monguno – Kekeno – Cross Kauwa- Baga arrested two suspects conveying some quantities of wrappers and other logistics to the terrorists. In the same vein, on 5th March 2023 one Abubakar Usman was arrested with First Bank ATM card and invoice containing the lists of items to procure and possibly deliver to the terrorists. During the preliminary interrogation, the suspect confessed that he has been involved in supply of several logistics to the terrorists.
Similarly, on 6th March 2023 a suspected ISWAP logistics courier named Abubakar Vacdor from Borehole village Monguno was arrested by troops on his way to the terrorists. The following items were recovered from the suspects, 4 packs of fishing hooks, 4 fishing threads, 4 mudu of corn flower, 2 mosquito nets, cooking pots, 2 Knives, one cutlass, one identity card, clothings and sum of Twenty Four Thousand Naira (N24,000.00) only. The suspect is undergoing investigation.
In the same vein, on 8th March 2023 troops of Sector 3 MNJTF deployed at Forward Operation Base Gajiram arrested one Tijani Adamu suspected BHT/ISWAP logistics supplier while on his way from Maiduguri to Monguno. Items recovered from him included the sum of Eleven Thousand two Hundred and Eighty Naira (N11,280,000) only, and one techno pova. The suspect was arrested along Mr Aliu Yusuf residing in Mongunu and working as a driver. Items recovered from him included 2 sacks of maize, 5 tubers of yam, one Jerry can of groundnut oil, and one baby diaper. Others are 3 bathing soaps, 5 sachets of cereal, 3 hijabs, 3 bags of suger, one bag of corn flower, 2 cartons of maggi, 2 cartons of detergents, 4 packs of marches and the sum of Twenty Seven thousand, Seven Hundred Naira (N27,700.00) only.
The arrested suspects and the items are in custody while investigation is ongoing.
In another development, on 5th March 2023, one Bakote Mohammed and Baba Kura Hala who escaped from BHT surrendered to the troops of Sector 3 deployed at Kijimatari in Monguno. Both are currently being profiled. On the same day, a Boko Haram Terrorist named Banna Modu surrendered to MNJTF Sector 3 deployed at Kijimatari in Monguno. The terrorist claimed to have lost interest in the struggle having operated in Mafa, Dikwa, Maiduguri and Gajram general areas.
Similarly, the troops of Sector 4 MNJTF Quick Response Force Niger while on fighting patrol intercepted a Golf car containing 24 by 25 litres of petrol. The suspect is undergoing investigation. Also, troops of Sector 4 MNJTF conducted a night patrol along Ngagam – Djalori Axis where they rescued 3 women alongside their 4 children.
The women were from Sambisa Forest. Preliminary investigation revealed that the families were fleeing from the fighting between the BHT and ISWAP from Sambisa forest. In a related encouraging development, on 8th March 2023, troops of MNJTF Sector 3 Nigeria deployed at Damasak conducted clearance operation. During the operation, they intercepted BHT Families members which included 43 women and 30 children. They are currently receiving medical attention and profiling.
Similarly in the last one month as a result of infighting by the Boko haram and ISWAP terrorist groups and effects of MNJTF and other national operations bombardment and especially effects of air strikes, continuous movements of large bodies of people from the Sambisa forests to the lake Chad basin have been observed.
Reacting to the development in a massage to the troops, the Force Commander MNJTF Major General Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim commended the efforts of the troops and especially the commanders for their coordination of these operations, he urged them not to relent in degrading the BHT/ISWAP logistics couriers which would have an overall impact positively on our counter Insurgency operations.
He reminded them that the insurgency is almost collapsed and urged them to collectively deal a death blow on the insurgents. He reassured them of the support of Headquarters MNJTF always and called on the population of the Lake Chad Basin to be observant and report any suspicious activity to the Security forces.