The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it averted what would have been a major catastrophe in Kaduna and other contiguous areas when troops arrested seven Boko Haram bomb and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs) specialists.
The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the suspects were nabbed in Kaduna “after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over a period of time”.
“From all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maimed innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the festive period”, the Army spokesman said while recalling that during the Eid-el-Maulud celebration in Maiduguri, Borno State last Thursday, some Boko Haram Terrorists were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.
“The arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military have technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field, the terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities.
“Therefore, the public are please requested to continue to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies”, the statement added.
It said this request became imperative as the Boko Haram Terrorists have resorted to mingling with the public across the country after sensing the futility of their encounter with troops in the north east, which forced them to adopt other methods of perpetuating violence in the society.