NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
1 April, 2014
Military authorities say over 288 rifles, 35 Rocket Propelled Guns and 35 locally-made Improvised Explosive Devices have been recovered from terrorists after a fierce encounter with security forces in Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the Chadian
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information and Coordinator of Joint Information Centre Counter Terrorism Campaign.
“The resolve for collaborative efforts to fight terrorism in the region got a boost recently when Cameroon’s security forces made a huge seizure of arms, apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria last weekend.
“Other weapons recovered include pistols, mortar bombs, sub-machine guns and various calibres of ammunition following the arrest of two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria.
“The suspects, who were in possession of over 50 Cameroonian passports, were nabbed in a Toyota Jeep in Abugasse near the Chadian border with Cameroon,’’ the statement read.
It said that the Cameroonian authorities had recently pledged to support Nigeria’s counter terrorism efforts. The statement said that the renewed offensive on terrorists by Nigerian troops had continued to record series of arrests of terrorists and recovery of arms, especially close to the nation’s border with Cameroon.
According to the statement, apart from the arms recovered following disclosure from captured terrorists lately,more arms have been recovered in the ongoing offensive operations.
The statement further explained that a terrorist driving in a green Peugeot
vehicle with registration number Bauchi 264 AA, heading to Maiduguri from Alagarno, was arrested at a checkpoint during the weekend. It said that the arrest of the terrorist had led to the recovery of 15 AK47 rifles and 12 magazines and various yet to be assembled rifles.
“Meanwhile,the offensive on terrorists in various fronts is continuing.The Alagarno area, various points of Sambisa forest and suburbs have been witnessing intense operations since Monday. “Apart from several dead terrorists, 14 vehicles which were either being used for
operation or hidden by the terrorists in various parts of the forests and theatres have been destroyed. “Various calibres of weapons and
ammunitions were also recovered in the course of fighting and subsequent cordon and search of the areas.
“Intensive air and ground surveillance are also ongoing in the general area,’’ the statement said.