Defeated Terrorists Fleeing Sambisa Forest May Cause More Havoc, Says Army


•Frowns on solidarity rallies

By Senator Iroegbu

The Nigerian Army has warned that the defeated Boko Haram terrorists escaping ground and aerial assaults in the Sambisa forest may want to seek new refuge and infiltrate communities to cause more havoc.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, gave this warning in a statement in which it also advised members of the public against solidarity rallies,

on Thursday.

He informed members of the public that the terrorists are surreptitiously fanning out of their “last enclaves” in Sambisa to cause havoc or seek refuge elsewhere.

“Therefore, there is need for all to be more vigilant and security conscious to enable us clear the remnants of these terrorists wherever they might flee.”

He however assured the public that the military will remain professional and focused in clearing the remnants of the terrorists on the Nigerian soil.

In a related development, he said that the attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a number of groups and individuals celebrating the routing of Boko Haram terrorists on our soil.

“So much as we thank them for that, it is imperative to state that we do not begrudge such persons their desire to identify and associate themselves with this success,” he stated.

However, Usman said, the Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such celebrations and solidarity rallies.