Six persons suspected to be relations of the 11 members of the Boko Haram sect earlier killed at Kawarmaila in Shehuri North by the Joint Task Force on Operation Restore Order in Borno State have been killed by their own in what the military has described as “division among sect members.”
Reports said the slaying occurred early Thursday morning in the homes of the sect members in Shehuri North, the same district where the 11 persons were killed on Saturday.
The JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, on Thursday, in Maiduguri, said that preliminary investigation revealed that the six deceased were suspected to have been slaughtered by persons suspected to be their fellow sect members.
“The killings may have been as a result of division among sect members,” Joint Task Force spokesman, Lt.-Col. Hassan Mohammed said in a statement Thursday.
The JTF has advised the people to be conscious of happenings in their environment and report promptly to security agencies using the JTF hotlines (07085464012, 080154429346 and 08085464012).
In a related development, some residents of the Maiduguri said they were kept awake all through Thursday morning by loud bangs from bombs detonated at different locations in the city, barely 24 hours after operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) picked up a man in Kaduna believed to be a senior member of the Boko Haram going by the alias, Abul qada.
Some residents also reported hearing sounds of sporadic gunshots but the army said there were no casualties following the incident.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has moved its 3rd Armoured Brigade from Jos, Plateau State to Gombe State following the destructive activities of the Boko Haram in the State.
A statement issued by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Andrew Idachaba said the move would restore sanity and secure the state.