Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday in Maiduguri, The JTF Field Operation Officer, Col. Victor Ebhaleme, said the arrest was part of the team’s renewed efforts toward cracking down on members of the sect.
He said, “We have continued to record breakthroughs in our effort to ensure the return of peace in Maiduguri.
“Consequently, we have arrested six high profile suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.”
“I will like to state that part of the successes recorded had to do with the current curfew imposed by the JTF in Jere and Maiduguri metropolis.
The JTF has also uncovered five Improvised Explosive Device, IED, at Kaleri ward of London Chiki in Maiduguri.
Speaking on the issue, Ebhaleme advised residents to temporarily vacate the area and come back after the detonation.
He also urged residents of Maiduguri not to panic as a result of the ongoing detonation, adding that residents should be vigilant to prevent suspected Boko Haram sect members from planting IEDs near their homes, saying “people who allow IEDs to be planted near their homes would be treated as collaborators.
He stated that while many people had been forced to relocate to safer areas, they had been emboldened to give information to JTF, leading to the arrest of some of the assailants.