The Nigerian Army has accused some indigenes of Borno and Yobe states of shielding fleeing Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in their homes.
It has therefore, warned all those harbouring the fleeing terrorist to report or hand them to the troops immediately. It said that failure to do so would attract severe consequences.
This was contained in a statement the Nigerian Army released and posted on its official Twitter handle on Saturday.
The tweet read, “Following military’s unrelenting onslaught on the BHT/ISWAP hideouts, along the Lake Chad region and Northern Borno, credible information reaching the Headquarters of Theatre Command OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) indicates that some of the surviving criminals are seeking refuge in the homes of some unscrupulous individuals in some parts of Borno and Yobe states.
“These fugitives have been escaping and taking refuge in the residence of some persons in Maiduguri, Damboa, Gajiram, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Gwoza Dikwa, Benisheikh, Ngamdu, Bama, Gamboru, Konduga, Gajigana and other smaller towns all in Borno State.
“Others have also run to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe State, among others.
“While we are making concerted efforts to trace and fish out the fleeing criminals, it is important to inform and warn all those harbouring the fleeing fugitives to report or hand them to the troops immediately. Failure to do that would attract severe consequences.
“The Theatre Command wish to enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in the aforementioned areas, to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities. The public is please encouraged to report such suspicious persons through our ireport platform on shortcode 193 (using any network) or any of the following special phone numbers dedicated for reporting BHT/ISWAP activities: +2347017222225,+2348077444303, +2348099900131, +2349060005290.Please report these criminals before they kill you.”