The Nigerian military says that troops of the 112 Battalion and special forces in Mafa and Dikwa have raided a Boko Haram camp at Bulungwa Naibe in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
A statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says that during the operation, quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while a Buffalo vehicle mounted with an anti-aircraft gun, a rocket propelled grenade, two machine guns and 1 sub-machine gun were recovered from the terrorists.
Elsewhere, troops also intercepted and arrested a suspected Boko Haram financier and stimulants dealer, Mohammed Maina, in Bama, Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
The suspect is said to have been arrested with the sum of one million naira cash and some items.
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday warned residents of Borno State to avoid cattle water ponds in Kangallam Village along Marte and Abadam axis in Borno State.
A statement by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Col. Tukur Gusau, said “a large number of cattle died after drinking water from the ponds”, maintaining that in view of this development “citizens are called upon to avoid as much as possible drinking water from unverified sources especially in locations that troops routed out Boko Haram terrorists”.
Col. Tukur further noted that “information reaching the Theater Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE indicates that Boko Haram terrorists have now resorted to poisoning water sources like wells and streams in areas they were dislodged by gallant troops or areas threatened by offensive operations.
“Credible information available to the Theater Command indicates that though no human life was lost as a result of the barbaric act of the terrorists, however, some cattle were killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources”, he said.
He added that “the action of the terrorists is no doubt aimed at taking their own pound of flesh on the innocent citizen and livestock as a result of the unbearable offensive operations through the combined effort of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force to route them out completely from their enclaves and hide-outs all over the northeast”.