The Nigerian Army has started the detonation of bombs recovered from the outlawed Boko Haram sect during the recently concluded military operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, code-named Operation BOYONA.
In a statement yesterday, spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Borno State, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, said the military would be destroying large quantities of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) recovered during the recent operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States (Operation BOYONA).
He therefore warned residents and members of Chabbal, a community in the outskirts of Maiduguri, including farmers and herdsmen to remain indoors, as the exercise commenced today.
On the recent attacks and killings on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road and in Benishiekh town, the spokesman said: “Following the recent strikes on this road and Benishiekh, by the suspected Boko Haram terrorists, the 7 Division of Nigerian Army is seriously concerned and is acting with the view to containing this ugly trend, not only on the affected road, but other roads; as well as in its other areas of responsibility.
“The whole effort is to destroy terrorism and ensure the protection of people’s life and property. Members of the public are requested to continue to remain resilient and security conscious at all times, as the 7 Military Division is poised to eradicating this madness.”
Meanwhile, the military also disclosed that it killed several members of the Boko Haram sect and arrested 15 others in Yobe State, following their alleged killing of 40 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, last weekend.
Spokesman of the Army in Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazarus, in a statement, said several members of the terrorists group were killed in ground and air strikes, which was carried out by officers and men of the command.
“After the attack on the college of Agriculture in Gujba, our men carried out an operation around the Gujba axis and a camp of the insurgent was raided and several members of the insurgents were killed while 15 others were arrested,” Lazarus said.
Those arrested, according to him, are currently undergoing investigation and have been giving useful information to the military that will help in tracking down the hoodlums.