The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital Wednesday killed a suspected Boko Haram member and wounded two others.
The killing however came on a day a policeman narrowly escaped death after he was shot by unknown gunmen at Gamboru Market in Maiduguri.
JTF’s spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, said in a statement that the suspects had attempted to attack a JTF location, adding that two other members were arrested.
He said the suspects, who were operating on a tricycle, had launched an attack on a JTF formation in Budum, Maiduguri, but the attack was effectively repelled with one of the attackers killed.
Musa, who said JTF also recovered one locally made pistol from the suspects, said: “JTF successfully repelled an attack near the Budum Roundabout at about 11.15 hours today when some suspected terrorists attacked one of our locations. Two of the attackers were arrested, one killed and two others were injured.
“A locally made pistol and the tricycle used by the suspects were also recovered. No soldier, no civilian was killed throughout the encounter that lasted about five minutes.”
In a related development, an eyewitness told journalists that the policeman, attached to the Metro Police Station, was rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries from the attack.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Hassan, who confirmed the report, said the affected policeman was responding to treatment at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, urged the JTF and other security agents in the state to do more in protecting lives and property of the people.
A statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs and Information, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, in Damaturu, Gaidam said there was need for the troops and the policemen deployed to the state protect lives and property, to further rise to the challenges of insecurity and the Boko Haram insurgency in the North.
He called on the people not to relent in their prayers, stressing that: “Almighty God will surely bring the insecurity situations and incessant attacks and bombings to an end.”
The statement read in part: “I want to call on our security and intelligence personnel to do more and to carry out more intelligence operations to fish out the suspected criminals that continue to unleash terror and violence in the state.”