Against the backdrop of the mass relocation and fleeing of hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad area, the Nigerian Army has warned residents of the North East not to habour fleeing terrorists.
The Army said anyone caught providing sanctuary to the terrorists would be treated as an accomplice and given Boko Haram treatment.
The fleeing terrorists are said to have resorted to hiding in unused dry wells, caves and hideouts to evade the sustained military air and ground bombardments.
Describing the Boko Haram group as ‘blood thirsty terrorists’, the Army said that residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States as well as those along the escape routes around the fringes of Sambisa forest are advised to call the Army Call Center Number, 193 if they see or hear of terrorist.
A statement in this regard signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman said, “The Nigerian Army has warned Boko Haram sympathizers and residents in the North East to stop habouring the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists who are trying to flee from their waterloo.
“Credible intelligence has revealed that several of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to taking refuge in dry wells and other hideouts in some communities along the escape routes from the Sambisa Forest in other to evade the sustained bombardments from air and ground troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“No one should shield these blood thirsty terrorists.
“Any unpatriotic and unscrupulous persons especially in the north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe found providing safe sanctuaries or any assistance to the criminals will be treated as accomplices and given same treatment as Boko haram.
“All are advised to take the patriotic part by calling the Nigerian army information and call center number 193 to report any fleeing terrorist or report to the nearest security agency.
“You are warned. Do not be an accomplice to terrorists.”