by Stanley Azuakola
It’s been a slew of victories recently for the Joint Task Force (JTF), reportedly killing the Boko Haram spokesman and making critical arrests and interceptions, although there was the deadly bomb blast in a Bauchi church on Sunday which claimed two lives.
The JTF recorded another victory on Monday, as its operatives raided a bomb factory operated by the suspected Boko Haram members in Mubi, Adamawa State.
During the raid, one of the suspects was killed and 156 members of the sect, including six females and five children were arrested.
The operation which was code named, Operation Restore Sanity, led to the recovery of various items including ready-to-use improvised explosive devices, chemicals, over 500 daggers, 9 AK-47 assault rifles, locally made pistols, rocket launchers, among other arms and ammunition.
The Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola, Brigadier-General John Nwaoga, personally visited the raided compound afterwards and he told newsmen that the operation was sequel to the recent clandestine activities and destruction of telecoms masts in Mubi.
Brigadier-General Nwaoga was accompanied by Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Godfrey Okeke, as well as the State Director of State Security Service, SSS. He disclosed that the raid had helped the military intelligence to unravel the mystery behind the protracted wave of shooting and bomb attacks in Mubi Town.
Nwaoga said: “Based on intelligence report, a team of JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law-abiding citizens were not hurt.”