Five Nigeriens and two Chadians are among the fleeing insurgents apprehended by the Special Forces as troops continue their pursuit of terrorists dislodged from their bases, according to the information provided by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday and signed by the Director of Defence Information in Abuja, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade.
The statement reads that the seven insurgents were among the nine arrested at Tumbu Gini, a border town with Chad as they tried to cross the borders into Chad.
It's noted that the man suspected to be leading the group escaped with gunshot wounds.
The Defence Headquarters had observed that attempts were being made by insurgents and their collaborators to push into public domain, questionable and manipulated messages meant to misinform the public.
"The message, which calls for support from Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as other cohorts of the insurgents, is clearly a confirmation of the level of pressure which has been brought to bear on the insurgents.
There is indeed no cause for alarm as the insurgents are actually in flight, necessitating their call for help from their foreign allies."
The statement added that the operation to put an end to the activities of insurgents was continuing in line with the overall plans for the nation’s security.