The Federal Government troops deployed to Yobe and Borno have captured some notorious leaders of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and recovered various weapons.
Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.
In the statement, Olukolade gave the report of a nine-member Defence Headquarters Operational Assessment Team, sent by the Chief of Defence Staff, Adm. Ola Ibrahim, to the two states.
Olukolade said the team visited troop locations in various parts of Borno and Yobe.
“The commanding officer narrated the conduct of the operation to rid the forest of the insurgents who had made the location their sanctuary.
Olukolade quoted him as saying that some notorious leaders of the terrorists had been captured while some materials recovered in their camp had provided useful intelligence for subsequent operations.
“The team was shown the various weapons, including rockets and locally fabricated weapon accessories captured in the forest.’’
He said items included a large number of Improvised Explosive Devices- making materials, laptops, mobile communication equipment used for shooting and posting online videos as well as locally made rockets and rocket launchers.
“Also, seized vehicles of different brands were shown to the team.
“Several vehicles destroyed by the terrorists as well as their tailoring equipment apparently used in producing fake uniforms were also shown to the team,’’ he said.
He said the commanding officer told the team that the unit suffered casualties in men and equipment.
The defence spokesperson said troops were currently engaged in night and day patrols of the area to dominate the forest and apprehend any terrorist who might be lurking around.
He said the Chief of Defence Staff expressed satisfaction with the high level of successes so far recorded in the operation.
Olukolade said he thanked the troop for a job well-done, and urged members not rest on their oars until the entire region is fully sanitised and cleared of all terrorist activities.
He said the troops were assured of regular logistic supply