ABUJA— Following the military onslaught by special forces of the JTF in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states which resulted in scores of Boko Haram terrorists escaping across border communities to neighbouring countries, plans by the sect to regroup have been thwarted by combined Nigerian-Nigerien troops.
Making the disclosure yesterday, the Defence headquarters noted that a leader of the group who fled the North East in the wake of the aerial and land bombardment of the terrorists camps in Borno, was behind the plans to regroup, with a view to launching fresh attacks.
A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, said: “The plan by a band of terrorists who relocated to Niger Republic to remobilize and rearm insurgents with the aim of carrying out fresh terrorists attacks on some Nigerian communities has been foiled.
“The leader of the group who had fled Nigeria when the terrorist camps were sacked was reportedly recruiting fresh hands and training them for renewed terrorist activities in Nigeria.
“The intention of the group is to focus its attacks on some towns around the Nigeria-Niger Republic border.
“Intelligence operatives of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, had been on the trail of the leader until he was eventually arrested in Karanga, Niger Republic on Saturday with the cooperation of Nigerien forces.
“His other accomplices were later picked up in other villages in Nigeria. They are currently being interrogated.”