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The Nigerian Army says some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists are being accommodated by some unscrupulous individuals in the North-East.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Ado Isa said this in a statement on Sunday.
Col. Isa says the scampering was as a result of the unrelenting onslaught on the hideouts of Boko Haram faction of the Islamic State West Africa Province along the Lake Chad region and Northern Borno.
The command claims it received information that some fleeing terrorists are +
by some residents of the towns.
“These fugitives have been escaping and taking refuge in the residence of some persons in Maiduguri, Damboa, Gajiram, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Gwoza Dikwa, Benisheikh, Ngamdu, Bama, Gamboru, Konduga, Gajigana and other smaller towns, all in Borno State.
“Others have also run to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe State, among others,” the statement reads in part.
The statement added.: “While we are making concerted efforts to trace and fish out the fleeing criminals, it is important to inform and warn all those harbouring the fleeing fugitives to report or hand them to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole immediately.
“Failure to do that would attract severe consequences.
“The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in aforementioned areas, to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities,”