100 Boko Haram terrorists have been neutralised in various operations in the northeastern state of Borno, the Nigerian Army stressed in a statement.
“In their determined efforts of wiping the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have embarked on aggressive clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts and crossing points with tremendous results,” the statement said. “It is in this line that they neutralised quite a number of them and recovered various calibre of arms and ammunition in such areas around Goniri in Yobe State, Damasak, Kross Kauwa and Monguno, among other locations in Borno State.”
“Specifically, the 120 Battalion and the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command have neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in various encounters.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian soldiers have raided offices of The Daily Trust nespaper and temporairly detaiined several journalists who wrote an article that “divulged classified information” and put its troops’ lives at risk.
“The soldiers shut the gate of the Maiduguri regional office, after arresting the two editorial staff on sight at the time of the raid,” the newspaper said on its website.
The army described the detenntion of the journalists as the “invitation”.
“We would like to state that the invitation of those involved in divulging military plans was done with the best intention in order to make them realise the import of such acts to our national security,” army spokesman Gen. Sani Usman said in a statement on Facebook.
The spokesman added that the aforementioned publication contained sensitive information that disclosed plans to counter the terrorist activities in Nigeria’s troubled northeast.