from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army has warned citizens against providing refuge to terrorists fleeing offensives by the military northeast of the country.
According to the army, intelligence has revealed that several Boko Haram insurgents had resorted to taking refuge in dry wells and other hideouts in some communities along their escape routes from their Sambisa forest stronghold.
The army and air force have carried out sustained bombardments in the forest, which is near the border with Cameroon.
“No one should shield these blood-thirsty terrorists,” Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Nigeria Army spokesman, told CAJ News Nigeria Bureau.
He warned people particularly in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe that those providing safe sanctuaries or any assistance to the insurgents would be treated as an accomplice and face prosecution.
“This is to warn all residents in the North East not to harbour the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists who are trying to flee from their waterloo,” Usman said.
The military has intensified its offensive in the region under the Operation Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force).
Boko Haram’s violent campaign to overthrow the government has left an estimated 100 000 civilians dead.
– CAJ News