Nigerian forces capture Boko-Haram leaders, recover weapons – DHQ

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents

The captured Boko Haram leaders were not named.

The Federal Government troops deployed to Yobe and Borno have captured some notorious leaders of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and recovered various weapons.

Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.

In the statement, Mr. Olukolade gave the report of a nine-member Defence Headquarters Operational Assessment Team, sent by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, to the two states.

Mr. Olukolade said the team visited troop locations in various parts of Borno and Yobe.

“The commanding officer narrated the conduct of the operation to rid the (Sambisa) forest of the insurgents who had made the location their sanctuary,” he said.

The spokesman quoted the commanding officer as saying that some notorious leaders of the terrorists had been captured while some materials recovered in their camp had provided useful intelligence for subsequent operations. He did not name the captured Boko Haram leaders.

“The team was shown the various weapons, including rockets and locally fabricated weapon accessories captured in the forest,” he said/

He said items recovered included a large number of Improvised Explosive Devices- making materials, laptops, mobile communication equipment used for shooting and posting online videos, as well as locally made rockets and rocket launchers.

“Also, seized vehicles of different brands were shown to the team.

“Several vehicles destroyed by the terrorists as well as their tailoring equipment apparently used in producing fake uniforms were also shown to the team,’’ he said.

He said the commanding officer told the team that the unit suffered casualties in men and equipment.

The defence spokesperson said troops were currently engaged in night and day patrols of the area to dominate the forest and apprehend any terrorist who might be lurking around. He said the Chief of Defence Staff expressed satisfaction with the high level of successes so far recorded in the operation.

Mr. Olukolade said he thanked the troop for a job well-done, and urged members not rest on their oars until the entire region is fully sanitised and cleared of all terrorist activities.

He said the troops were assured of regular logistic support.



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  • Dan maikoko

    Just keep the place as safe as possible for normal life to return. All your stories will remain like before, stories, if borno, yobe and citizens of other Nigerian states remain in fear. We no longer care how many Boko Haram members you killed, captured, released or converted. We will believe you if Boko Haram stop its attacks and people are once more safe.

  • emmanuel

    Oh maikoko, so e don tire una?

    No, the JTF is busy killing innocent women and children. You guys thought the USA and UN would raise a thumb against the goverment, in view of the falsehood churned out by your media sympatisers and backers including Al-jazera.

    Una don touch Lion tail, so you get what follows thereafter – sorrow,tears, blood and prolonged economic hardship.

    See how Yoruba people get sense pass una? They are with you in your Islamic agenda, but swear that they would slaughter your guys if they dare SW.

    Who be mumu?

    • yemi


    • paul

      any one looking alike hausa or bearing muslim names deserve death they are bk

      • lola

        who are bk?

  • Tunde

    When you capture your enemy’s leader(s) – you say the names so that the enemy’s troops become demoralized – why haven’t the ‘ captured ‘ BH leaders been named?