By MaryMagdalyn Francis:
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has disclosed the arrest of a Boko Haram terrorist in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Buratai said the terrorist that was arrested on Saturday, was among those fleeing from the previously Boko Haram stronghold of Sambisa Forest.
The army chief disclosed this during the re-opening ceremony of the two major roads in Borno State that were closed since 2013, at the peak of Boko Haram’s deadly attacks.
In a report, the two roads: Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga, were opened after the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that the terrorists had been flushed out of Sambisa Forest.
He charged the troops not to relent until all the terrorists who had waged a war against Nigeria since 2009 are arrested.
“You must maintain the momentum of the operation. We must pursue the terrorists wherever they are. We must not allow them to regroup,” the army chief said.
Buratai said there was urgent need to ensure that no time was wasted, after the takeover of the terrorists’ last strong hold in the Sambisa forest, as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He further described the seven-year fight against the Boko Haram terrorists as “quite sober and touchy”, recalling the death of officers and soldiers caught up in the war against the Boko Haram terrorists.
The Chief of Army Staff, prayed for the repose of their souls and declared that the fight against terrorism would continue until all are degraded.
Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said that insurgency had brought untold hardship on the people of Borno State and the entire North East zone.
Irabor said that the reopening of the roads is an indication of the defeat of the terrorists.
In a message, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, also called on the military to maintain the pace of operation and ensure that terrorism was eliminated from the North East.
Represented by the Chief of Administration, Defenc Headquarters, Rear Admiral A. A. Dacosta, Olonisakin restated the commitment of the military to defeating the terrorists.