Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have killed a security operative at the Ungwan Keke in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A Joint team of Security Operatives on Sunday engaged in a gun battle with the suspected terrorists.
An eyewitness said the suspected Boko Haram members, who were residing in the community where the security operatives raided on Sunday, escaped after several hours of the gun battle with the security operatives.
The eyewitness, who is a native of Ungwa Keke village, said the security operatives arrived at the village at about 1:00am and went straight to the home of the suspected terrorists and opened fire on them.
He, however, said the security operatives arrested wives of the suspected members of the sect.
Confirming the incident, the Head of the community, Malam Suleiman Mohammed, said the joint security team, comprising of Soldiers and the State Security Service (SSS) before the raid, ordered residents out of their houses to avoid collateral damages.
Efforts to get the Deputy Director, Army Public Relation of the One Division of the Nigerian Army Kaduna, Colonel Abdul Usman, to comment on the operation did not yield results, as at the time of filing this report.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed that the military has taken over Bama town in Borno State from the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the co-ordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said that the military had intensified counter-terrorism operations in towns where the insurgents were challenging the military.
Mr Omeri also urged Nigerians to desist from buying pre-registered SIM cards as well as used phones, which he said could pose security challenges to the nation.
Reuters News Agency on Monday quoted a senior military official as saying that the flashpoint town of Bama in north-east Borno State had been recaptured from the Boko Haram sect.
It also reported that the Nigerian military blocked the Islamist militants’ advance towards the state capital, Maiduguri.
According to Reuters, the government source, who asked not to be named, said that the Boko Haram fighters had been driven from Bama, 70 km south-east of Maiduguri.
The source also said that Government warplanes have bombed and strafed the militants after they stormed Bama last week.