The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole has warned residents of North-east to desist from hiding Boko haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWSP) terrorists who are fleeing their locations due to recent offensive by troops.
Spokesperson of the Command, Col. Ado Isa issued the warning Saturday in a statement.
He said: “Following military’s unrelenting onslaught on the BHT/ISWAP hideouts, along the Lake Chad region and northern Borno, credible information reaching the Headquarters of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) indicates that some of the surviving criminals are seeking refuge in the homes of some unscrupulous individuals in some parts of Borno and Yobe states.
“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 ran to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe state, among others.
“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.”
Isa enjoined all Nigerians, especially residents of the North-east to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities.
“The public is please encouraged to report such suspicious persons through our I report platform on www.army.mil.ng or our toll free short code 193 (using any network), or any oF the following special phone numbers dedicated for reporting BHT/ISWAP activities: +2347017222225,+2348077444303, +2348099900131 and+2349060005290,” he said.