Army Captures Boko Haram Member, Dismisses Sect’s Video As Complete Joke
SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, (THEWILL) – Troops of the Nigerian Army have captured a suspected Boko Haram insurgent and killed four others during a shoot-out that lasted for about 15 minutes, on Wednesday , during a clearance operation by Operation Lafiya Dole in Geidam local government area of Yobe state.
“Following reported observed activities of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists around Jororo and Tombaeji villages in Geidam local government area of Yobe state, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole carried out a clearance operation within the area in the early hours of Wednesday 14th September 2016,” Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement.
“The fighting patrol team came into contact with Boko Haram terrorists elements around Gajire village during which there was a firefight that lasted for about 15 minutes. The gallant troops overpowered the terrorists and killed 4 of them and captured 1 alive.
“The victorious troops also recovered 2 General Purpose Machine Guns (GMPG), 2 AK-47 Rifles and 144 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists. In addition, they also recovered 2 KASEA branded motorcycles.
“The troops have continued to patrol the general area in search of possible remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that might be hibernating in the area.”
In the same vein, the Army has dismissed a new video released by the sect, showing thousands of its members at three different locations during the Sallah celebration saying it is a complete cut and paste video showing the weakness of the sect.
According to the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the video was the same the terrorist group used in 2014.
“It was the same video they used in 2014; this time around, they removed Shekau from it. This is cut and paste of an old video to make it look like new. Anything is possible in technology,” he said.
“The only ground the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) can go into and hide and pretend to be alive is the social media because it is everybody's home without tracing the source.
“I believe the issue of the group is near ending by the special grace of God, The video is a complete sign of weakness and poses no threat to us.
“The so-called video is an attempt by the remnants to remind us that there was once Boko Haram elements. Empty vessels make the loudest noise.
“The Issue of threat to President Muhammadu Buhari is a complete joke and the dream of the century, therefore the entire clip is a washout. Everybody is appreciative of our feat against Boko Haram, no doubt about it and they know too.
“We reiterate our total commitment and resilience in stamping them out, people shouldn't be deceived by their use of Photoshop.”
Story by David Oputah.