Members of Islamist sect Boko Haram have resorted to armed robbery following the dislodgement of their camps in some parts of Borno State by troops which had forced many of the terrorists to scavenge for food from villagers. They now rob innocent civilians and even recently killed three passengers after collecting unspecified amount of cash and food items from their victims along Bama- Banki road.
An intelligence information available to the newly established Headquarters of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri indicated that the terrorists have written threat letters to Dikwa Market/Traders demanding N1 million to enable them purchase food items and other logistical requirement or be ready to face deadly attacks.
These were contained in a press statement emailed to Journalists yesterday by the Acting Spokesman of the 7 Div, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa in Maiduguri, the state capital.
In the statement, Sagir said, “at about 11:35 hours on 13th September, 2013, some troops of Banki Forward Operating Base (BFOB) on a mission of 202 Battalion Bama, on their way back to Banki, a border town with Cameroun Republic encountered some Boko Haram terrorists along Bama-Banki road carrying out armed robbery activities on innocent traders and travelers.
“The terrorists had killed 3 passengers and collected unspecified amount of cash and food items during the robbery.
“Consequently, several terrorists also lost their lives during the chanced encounter with the troops. Similarly, intelligence available to the 7 Division indicated that in desperation to survive, the Boko Haram terrorists have written a letter to Dikwa Market/Traders demanding N1 million to enable them purchase food items and other logistical requirements or be ready to face their wrath”. Sagir stated in the statement.