by Isi Esene
Following the killing and arrest of certain key members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect a few days ago in Kano, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) has gone further to raid the sect’s heavily equipped command and control centre.
In the said incident, a top Boko Haram member widely believed to be Abu Qaqa, the group’s spokesman was shot and killed at a JTF roadblock when the vehicle he was traveling in refused to stop.
The JTF released a statement confirming the raid on the group’s communication centre saying, “Following further operation in the suspects heavily wired IED hideout, the following items were recovered: Two AK 47 rifles, Two Pump Action Rifles, One Berretta Rifle, One Smoke Discharger, 433 rounds of 7.62 Nato ammunition, 80 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, 2 AK 47 magazines, 36 Prepared IEDs, 13 Laptops, Two motorcycles, 4 Printers, One photocopier, One 33 slots Zenith Disc writer, One TG 3900Ez Generator set, Religious Books, large quantity of CD plates, Two decoders, Two Satellite dish, One 21″ Television set, One DVD player, 2 Bags of Urea fertilizer, One Elite dry cell 12v battery, One blue gate UPS, One stabilizer, 10 Hand held Motorola radios and 5 Battery chargers.”
“This latest encounter with the terrorist group have foiled its planned attack to wreck havoc on the good people of Kano state. It has equally further depleted the capacity of the terrorist group to operate. The JTF would like to use this medium to reiterate its resolve to continue to work assiduously towards the protection of lives and property in the state.
“The relative peace which Kano enjoys today can be attributed to the collective effort and prayers of the good people of Kano State,” the statement continued.
The JTF statement ended by urging the public to give it any information that might help in stemming the menace of terrorism in the country.