As the search for a sustained peace continues in Yobe state, the military Joint Task Force (JTF) on Sunday recovered eleven assault weapons in Damaturu, the state capital.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Damaturu, the spokesman of the JTF in the state, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus said the troops recovered nine fabric Nationale (FN) and Two Riot Gun rifles through a cordon and search of a suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ arms cache at Kandahar area of Damaturu.
The press statement reads: “Today Sunday 9th December 2012, at about 1200 hours, men of the JTF Damaturu cordoned and searched a suspected Boko Haram Terrorists arms cache at Kandahar area of Damaturu, Yobe state. The troops recovered nine (9) Fabric Nationale (FN) rifle and two Riot Guns, making the total number to eleven rifles recovered.”
The task force appeals to all law abiding populace in the state to report any strange or suspicious persons and buildings within their vicinity that may contain arms or Improvised Explosive Devices Material to the JTF for prompt action.
The statement also said such efforts will assist in the restoration of the desired peace and normalcy the state is long yearning for assuring that such information will be treated as confidential and that the informant would be rewarded accordingly.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Jonathan Gopep reports that normal activities are picking up in the restive city which has for the past one year become a war zone.
Residents that fled the state because of ceaseless attacks are returning sequel to the peace being enjoyed in the past two months.
Sunday’s recovery of arms is coming thirteen days after the JTF recovered 5,207 rounds of ammunition as well as seven days after uncovering a bomb making factory all in Damaturu.