The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital has recovered a cache of arms and ammunition including a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), in an undisclosed location of the metropolis.
The discovery was made following intelligence obtained by the security task force, which led to a raid on a ward where the arms and ammunition were hidden in one of the houses.
The recovered arms and ammunition, include four AK-47 rifles, a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), nine Rapid Propelled Guns (RPG), 11 chargers, three AK 47 magazines, three wooden butts, and 1, 032 rounds of ammunition.
Displaying the arms and ammunition on Friday at the JTF headquarters in Maiduguri, the field operation officer, Colonel Victor Ebhableme said “the recoveries of these arms and ammunition, as well as the ones made at Daba Masara, a border town of Chad last week, were made as a result of JTF’s proactive measures in one of the wards in Maiduguri.”
The Colonel noted that security agencies working in the state has won the hearts and minds of the people of Maiduguri as the Joint Task Force (JTF) is embarking on the humanitarian operations, along with the police, State Security Services (SSS) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in recovering these arms and ammunition.
He further disclosed that the JTF and other security agencies operating in the state are educating the residents not to harbour the terrorists along with their arms and ammunition that has destroyed many lives and properties.
Colonel Ebhaleme also appealed to the people to accord the security operatives the needed cooperatıon.
He advised them to report any suspected hideouts of terrorists and their arms to the JTF.
In a related development, the field officer also revealed that two men, suspected to have been sendıng threat text messages to extort money from people ın Maiduguri were also arrested.
He urged the resident to report any case of such text message to the JTF for prompt actıon.