The Nigerian Army on Thursday, January 10, confirmed that some Boko Haram members had infiltrated villages within the Maiduguri city of Borno thus causing fear among inhabitants of the state who are now moving out of their homes.
In a statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, thedeputy director of public relations of the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army said it had credible information and evidence about the development.
It pleaded with residents and well-meaning Nigerians to report any suspicious individuals in their midst as failure to do this would be taken seriously against anyone supposed to do so.
“There is credible information and evidence that in a bid to further intensify their psychological war and instill fear on the citizens, some elements of Boko Haram terrorists have infiltrated some villages in the fringes of Maiduguri city.
“They have clandestinely been going about threatening innocent residents, warning them to vacate their homes.
“So far, out of fear, several inhabitants have moved out of their ancestral homes.
“Consequently, we wish to inform all well-meaning citizens, especially within Maiduguri metropolis and its environs to promptly report the presence of suspicious persons or avail the security agencies of information about such persons.
“Failure to report will be viewed seriously as it is tantamount to collaboration with the Boko Haram terrorists. Such compromising persons when found will be treated like the terrorists.
“Members of the public are enjoined to please cooperate and support ongoing operations to weed out the infiltrating terrorists and their sympathisers,” the statement said.