Abuja - The military has denied terror attacks around public institutions in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as widely reported in the media this past weekend.
“There was no fighting or attack around the university or any barrack in Maiduguri either, as reported,” Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, stated.
The statement also disclosed that troops at about 2:00 am local time on Saturday, launched a counter attack using mainly mortar shells on a group of terrorists who had attacked and killed four persons in Margimari village and other settlements in the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The statement from the Defence Information Directorate also disclosed that a Chadian, Usman Mecheka, operating with the terrorists group around Lake Chad had been taken into custody by the Multi National Joint Task Force.
“He was apprehended by the Task Force while trying to extract a ransom from herdsmen and farmers in the area, after an earlier attack on the community.”
It added, “Troops of the Special Task Force in the Plateau have also raided a camp maintained by an armed gang operating in a settlement in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State and a gun fabricating machine as well as some arms and ammunition from the hideout were recovered during the raid.”
The military authorities also briefed that in Abuja, eight persons were currently being interrogated after raid operations by troops of security agencies on joint surveillance and patrols mission in the Federal Capital.
Most of those arrested are foreigners who were picked up around Kugbo and areas adjoining the Nyanya site of the recent bombings in the Federal Capital.
“The arrested persons are helping ongoing investigation with useful information after the operation which is sequel to intelligence reports,”
– CAJ News
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