JTF arrest bomb manufacturer in Jigawa
The military operatives under the aegis of the Joint Task Force (JTF) from the 3rd Brigade Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State have arrested a suspected bomb manufacturer in the area.
The JTF after a gun battle in a residence arrested one suspected terrorist, while three women and three toddlers were rescued unhurt, the spokesman of the JTF, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, was quoted to have said in a statement.
According to Iweha, five AK 47 rifles, five magazines, and 333 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and various improvised explosive devices were recovered from the residence after an intensive search.
The statement said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is an Improvised Explosive Devices manufacturer and his residence was being used as a staging ground for terrorist activities in Kano.
Iweha said, ''You may recollect that the JTF had earlier alerted members of the general public of fleeing terrorists from major theatres of operation in the North east axis of the country to 'cooler ' areas due to pressure being mounted on them by the on-going military operations in these areas,''
''Members of the general public are once again enjoined to continue complimenting the efforts of the JTF by carrying out thorough checks on the background of persons who wish to rent properties, especially in cool zones or at the outskirt areas of major towns, adding that the 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Kano would not allow its area of operational responsibility to be used as haven for terrorists.''
''The appeals of the JTF will continue to be complimented with the destruction of properties, where terrorists reside in and the arrests of their owners, emphasizing the that the effort of the JTF would not be successful without the cooperation of the residents.''
The spokesman called on all residents not to relent in the fight against terrorists, who are seeking refuge by reporting any suspicious persons, regardless of gender for immediate action to prevent the loss of lives and properties.
He charged members of the general public to go about their normal lawful businesses without any fear and to contact the JTF through its telephone numbers in the event of any distress for rapid response.