The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has said that some people in Maiduguri, including traders are aiding the activities of the Boko Haram sect, warning that anyone found wanting will be treated as collaborator.
Spokesman of the task force, Lt. Col Sagir Musa, who issued the warning in a statement yesterday said, “The JTF Operation Restore Order in Maiduguri has observed with dismay the attitude of some members of the public, particularly traders in Maiduguri metropolis as regards to their civic responsibility in the fight against terrorism in Borno State.
A case in point was when the task force conducted a search in Monday market and recovered some arms and ammunition. A day after the operation, some members of the Boko Haram sect went to the market and asked them to pay for the arms and ammunition recovered by the JTF. A similar operation was conducted in Gamboru market during which a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered by the task force. As a result, members of the Boko Haram sect asked the traders to compensate them, and they obliged without reporting to the task force.”
Musa warned individuals/ groups to desist from aiding the group, saying both the giver and receiver of such money would be treated as a terrorist and dealt with.
In a separate statement, the spokesman called on members of the public to disregard a publication allegedly authored by the sect, warning people against giving information about their activities to the JTF.
“The task force wishes to inform law abiding members of the public to totally disregard such publication and consider it as part of the terrorists’ strategy to keep the populace in captivity and perpetual fear with the view to unleashing more terror on them,’’ part of the statement read.