Following the intense aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of the ground soldiers on the remaining hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest, the remnants of the insurgents have fled the forest in droves, even as some of them are trying to disperse to various parts of the country.
This development was confirmed in a statement on Tuesday by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman.
He said, “This is to inform the public that due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of the ground troops; and facing imminent annihilation, Boko Haram terrorists have been deserting Sambisa forest in droves.
“The cowards are running away from their well noted enclave in Sambisa forest for their lives.
“Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious.
“The public are please requested to be observant and report any suspicious persons or group of persons to the military or any of the security agencies to enable timely detection and apprehension of the fleeing insurgents before they mingle with the society and commit havoc.
“We would like to reassure the public of the confidentiality of the information provided and reiterate our commitment to the clearance of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.”
This is coming on a day the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Cameroonian troops apprehended three suspected Boko Haram commanders and rescued 1,275 hostages after a joint mop up operation along Nigeria-Cameroon border in Borno.
It was gathered that 22 suspected terrorists lost their lives during the operation.