The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) said in Maiduguri on Tuesday that it had arrested six prominent individuals suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
The JTF Field Commander, Victor Ebhaleme, told newsmen that the arrest was part of the team’s renewed efforts toward cracking down on members of the sect.
“We have continued to record breakthroughs in our effort to ensure the return of peace in Maiduguri.
“Consequently, we have arrested six high profile suspected members of the Boko Haram sect,” he said.
Mr. Ebhaleme said that the JTF was leaving no stone unturned in its quest to put an end to the activities of the sect.
“I would like to state that part of the successes recorded had to do with the current curfew imposed by the JTF in Jere and Maiduguri metropolis.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to adhere strictly to the curfew as violators will have themselves to blame.”
The JTF boss also said that the team on Tuesday detonated a number of unexploded Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted at Kailari near the London-ciki area in Maiduguri.
“We have just detonated some IEDs uncovered at Kailari. We have been doing this for some time.
“It is sad that the IEDs were planted near residential houses, which means that the impact would have been disastrous if they had exploded.”
He urged residents to be vigilant to prevent suspected Boko Haram sect members from planting IEDs near their homes, adding that “people who allow IEDs to be planted near their homes would be treated as collaborators…a word is enough for the wise,” the JTF boss said