Military Discovers Hidden Weapons Of Terrorists In Church
The arrest of a suspected terrorist has led to the discovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition hidden in the premises of a burnt church in Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno State.
The suspect claims to be a Cameroonian and an arms courier for the group.
A statement by the spokesman for the Military, Major General Chris Olukolade, said that the weapons, which were recovered by troops include, anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled guns as well as the general purpose and other brands of machine guns.
They were found buried in the premises of one of the churches earlier burnt by terrorists.
'Also recovered from the location were thousands of various calibres of rounds of ammunition and links.
The middle aged man who led troops on the cordon and search operation was one of the terrorists captured in recent raids,' the statement read.
Pending Attack The suspect also disclosed that the weapons were stockpiled to be used in a pending attack on some communities around the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
The weapons have all been evacuated while guard locations and patrols are being maintained in the general area and the surrounding localities.
Meanwhile, troops have continued with various operations assigned to the formations involved in the counter terrorist campaign.
They carried out thorough search for terrorists in caves of a particular mountain where they believed some terrorists had fled to in the wake of the ongoing offensive on various terrorist's enclaves.
Arms are also the object of the cordon and search.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minima, has been checking on deployment and troops disposition in various locations of the counter terrorist operations in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
The army chief in company of his Airforce counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, also visited troops wounded in the course of the operation so far who are at the Military Hospital in Maiduguri.
The commander of the Hospital, Brig General Okeke, assured the Chiefs that most of the wounded soldiers were in stable condition and that some, who had recovered very well, had expressed their desire to re-join their units and colleagues in the operation.
Lt Gen Minima, however, directed that the hospital should not hesitate to let him know the requirement for any case requiring referral or further treatment anywhere.
The Service Chiefs are also undertaking a comprehensive air surveillance of the entire mission area, in addition to the direct inspection of some key locations, where operations are being conducted.
They told reporters in Maiduguri that they were satisfied with the state and performance of the deployment so far, noting that substantial expectations of the counter-terrorist campaign was being achieved.
Last week, the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, had asked the military to rid the forest of terrorists and restore peace to the north east, where the Boko Haram sect had carried out several attacks on villages in Nigeria's north east.