Damaturu - The Commander of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Yobe, Col.
Ibrahim Ali, on Sunday said that activities of Boko Haram insurgents
had been curtailed, following the declaration of state of emergency in
Ali told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu that attacks by
the insurgents, especially in the volatile areas of Damaturu and
Potiskum had reduced, after security forces pushed the insurgents out of
"We have not had any major encounter except on June 16 when they
attacked a school in Damaturu. We have pushed them out of town.’’
The commander said that the JTF had discovered, particularly in
Potiskum, that armed robbers had seized the opportunity to rob people
under the guise of insurgency.
Ali said the situation in Yobe had remained ``relatively stable’’,
noting that the JTF was doing everything possible to contain the
He said that the task force had been having a good working
relationship with members of the public, whom he said, had continued to
provide vital information on the insurgents.
Ali urged the populace to continue to cooperate with security agents,
saying that the JTF was aware of the inconveniences and challenges the
public was facing because of the declaration of state of emergency in
On allegations of long detention of suspects, the commander said that
the JTF was being meticulous to ensure that only those found to have
participated in criminal activities were held.
He said that suspects were made to go through careful and meticulous
documentation and interrogation by a special team, made up of personnel
from the police, SSS, army and the NDLEA.