Troops of 8 Task Force Division, Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Wednesday, foiled attempt by suspected Boko Haram terrorists to unleash mayhem on Magumeri town, Magumeri Local Government Area, Borno State.
The foiled attack recorded much casualty on the side of Boko Haram militants, authorities in the military said.
A statement from the director Army public relations officer, Brigadier General Sani Usman said, “while troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community.
“The terrorists that attack the village are well known to the people.
“It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons.
“The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.
“Consequently, we are constrained to state that it’s now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them. It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst.
“The terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts.
“It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages.”