Troops of the Nigerian Army on Saturday arrested 21 persons suspected to be ‘Boko Haram terrorists collaborators’ in North East Nigeria.
This was made available to newsmen in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
In the statement, the spokesman said those arrested were “persons involved in aiding and abetting this heinous crime in the Theatre of Operation.”
It said that the collaborators who, in the guise as cattle rustlers, sabotage Nigeria by funding the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in causing mayhem in the country.
The statement read: “As part of measures to stem the tide of livestock rustling which serves as another means of funding Boko Haram terrorists activities, Operation Lafiya Dole, in conjunction with other security agencies has taken measures to stop the criminality.
“These measures have led to the arrest of some persons involved in aiding and abetting this heinous crime in the Theatre of Operation.
“So far, 21 suspected persons have been arrested.
“Preliminary investigation and profiling of the suspects (have) commenced.
“Such actions by these unpatriotic elements are likely to jeopardize our collective efforts of clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in our country.
“Although investigations are ongoing, it is important to state that this is a warning to all those collaborators that aid and abet terrorism in the north east generally and Borno State in particular, to desist forthwith.
“The Nigerian Army and indeed Operation Lafiya Dole would not tolerate such acts of sabotage from anybody.
“Meanwhile, the general public is hereby encouraged to report any known or suspected illegality with regards to Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the Security Agencies.