19th November, 2013
Nigerian forces in Kano, northwest Nigeria, Tuesday evening confirmed the death of two terrorists and the arrest of another two who, they claimed, were heading for operation in the Northeastern state of Zamfara.
Spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in Kano, Captain Ikedichi Iweha said today.
According a Press Release signed by Iweha who also doubles as the image-maker of 3 Brigade, Nigerian Army headequartered in Kano, two suspected Boko Haram members were gunned down during a raid at Gayawa axis of Ungogo Local Government Area.
In his words: “In continuation of operations aimed at complementing the efforts of operation of in the North Eastern part of the country and as is customary with the JTF in Kano, the command wishes to keep the general public up to speed with developments.”
He said that on 18 November 2013, “at about 1930 hours (7:30 pm), following intelligence build up, the JTF and personnel of the Department of State Service, Kano Command mounted a snap check point along Kankara – Sheme road in Katsina State to intercept fleeing terrorists from operations in the north eastern axis of the country.
“Two terrorists were intercepted and apprehended on their way to Zamfara State. Two AK 47 rifles, 4 magazines, and 68 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered from them in a Nissan Sunny car.
“Following interrogation of the terrorists, a further cordon and search operation was also conducted this morning, 19 November 2013, at about 0630 hours (6:30 am) at Gayawa general area of Ungogo Local Government Area.”
Items recovered from them include two AK 47 rifles, five magazines, 91 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, among other items.
Captain Iweha noted that the proactive reactions of the JTF in Kano continue to deny terrorists freedom of action and from using the State as a launching pad to launch attacks on other parts of the country, adding that the breakthrough was, “as a result of the support the JTF is receiving from members of the general public.
“Members of the general public are enjoined to compliment the efforts of the JTF by carrying out thorough checks on the background of persons who wish to let properties especially in out skirt areas. The JTF in Kano would not allow the state to be used as haven for terrorists. The appeals of the JTF will continue to be complimented with the destruction of properties terrorists reside in and the arrests of their owners.
“The effort of the JTF would not be successful without the cooperation of the residents of Kano. The JTF therefore calls on all residents of Kano not to relent in the fight against terrorist elements who are seeking refuge in the state by reporting any suspicious persons regardless of gender for immediate action to prevent the loss of lives and properties.