A combined team of soldiers and MOPOL cops, normalcy restored, walk through a battle-scarred neighbourhood in the volatile commercial city of Potiskum in the northeast of Nigeria following days of urban warfare waged against invading Boko Haram terrorists, last year.
JUNE 29, 2013
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe said on Saturday that it had smashed a Boko
Haram cell in Fune, recovering two vehicles, arms, ammunition and other
Lt. Lazarus Eli, JTF spokesman said this in Damaturu while displaying the items to newsmen. He explained that the terrorists attacked a JTF checkpoint in Fune on Friday and took away a police vehicle conveying police items to Borno. “The JTF pursued and engaged them in a
gunfight and they were overpowered,
thereby recovering the stolen vehicle as
well as a similar one used by the group.
“Other items recovered include one AK47 rifle, three Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) rockets, three RPG chargers, one riot gun and 485 rounds of ammunition.” Lazarus also said 42 police jackets, 44
police helmets, six AK47 magazines, 80
fragmentation blades and illicit drugs
He said some of the suspects fled with
gunshot wounds and appealed to the
public to report anyone found with
gunshot wounds to security operatives.
Meanwhile, the people of the state have
appealed to the federal authorities to lift the suspension of telephone services, to enable them to provide security
operatives with useful and timely
information. Damaturu residents claimed that the attack on a college two weeks ago would have been averted, if there was telephone service.
“People noticed suspicious movements on that fateful day just about the
commencement of the curfew, but one
could not move out. “Also, there was no telephone network for us to report to the security operatives,” a source stated.