Army: Defeated Terrorists Escaping Sambisa Forest May Cause More Havoc


•Frowns at solidarity rallies
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerian Army has warned that Boko Haram terrorists who are fleeing from ground and aerial assault in Sambisa forest, Borno State, 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 yesterday, where he also advised the public against solidarity rallies.

Usman informed Nigerians “that the terrorists are surreptitiously running out of their last enclaves in Sambisa forest to cause havoc or seek refuge elsewhere.

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

He however assured the public that the military would remain professional and focused while clearing the remnants of the terrorists in the region.

In a related development, the army spokesperson said the attention of the Nigerian army has been drawn to a number of groups and individuals celebrating the routing out and decimation of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.

“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 noted that the Nigerian army wishes to disassociate itself from such celebrations and solidarity rallies.

“We also would like to advise that they should tread with caution as this could distract us,” he added.