The Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters has raised the alarm that terrorists fleeing the ongoing onslaught by troops are now settling down as “normal civilians” in border towns.
In a statement released on Saturday by the Chief Military Public Information Officer, Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters, Colonel Muhammad Dole, he appealed to citizens to be security conscious and report unusual persons and movements to security agencies.
“Sequel to the capture and subsequent occupation of Damasak town and surrounding villages by Sector 4, MNJTF, the troops of OP LAFIYA DOLE (Nigeria) have successfully linked up and are currently consolidating their defences in the cleared town and stabilising the general area. Despite this high valued achievement, remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists fleeing the general area of operation are said to be relocating to remote settlements along the borders of the MNJTF member countries, mostly disguising as normal civilians.
“The Commander, MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun wishes to appeal once again to the law abiding and good citizens residing along the borders to be security conscious and report arrival of new persons/settlers as well as unusual movement of persons to the nearest security agencies. The onslaught against the terrorists continues till they are all smoked out of their hiding places. This is a task that would be achieved with the continued support of all.”
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