Less than 24 hours after the Joint Task Force, JTF, uncovered a bomb factory and arrested no fewer than 156 suspected Boko Haram members, the force said it had uncovered and confiscated a cache of improvised explosive devices, IEDs, arms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons from another bomb factory in Mubi, Adamawa State, yesterday.
Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigade of Nigerian Army, Yola, Brigadier General John Nwaoga, told journalists that the military intervention in Mubi was aimed at flushing out notorious criminals in the town, which he said had been under siege by gunmen.
Items recovered from the factory included 96 IEDs in cans, two drums of bombs, nine explosive refrigerator compressors, six weapon training manuals, 469 ammunition, seven preaching manuals, seven Quarans and one magazine.
Other items were seven motorcycle batteries, one power stabiliser, three SIM cards, among others. The Commander, however, disclosed that JTF was closing in on one Bashir, suspected to be the kingpin of terrorists in Mubi. He reiterated the determination of the military, police and other security agencies to rid Mubi of high profile criminals.
Meanwhile, Adamawa State government has extended the dusk to dawn curfew imposed in Mubi to 24 hours. A statement by Secretary to the State Government, Kobis Thimnu, said the extension was targeted at availing JTF the opportunity to carry out the ongoing ‘sweeping exercise’ in Mubi.