There are fears that the state of emergency declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States might have compelled the Boko Haram sect to shift focus to other parts of the Northern Region. With the state of emergency, there was heavy deployment of troops and military equipment including fighter jets to parts of the North West where the sect is known to be most ferocious in its operation.
Reports from Borno indicate that some of the bases of the sect have been captured. There was a fight in Sambisa Forest Reserve, south of Miduguri as the military shelled the Boko Haram base in the reserve, killing at least 21 suspected terrorists.
With the North East apparently becoming too hot, indications emerged on Thursday night that the sect too might have gone back to the drawing board. Attacks were carried out in Daura, Katsina State late on Thursday.
Two police stations and a first generation bank were hit in Daura while the terrorists also went on to launch a bomb attack on the Nigerian Prisons Service facility in Daura around 10 pm.
Three soldiers and 10 members of the sect were killed in the gunfight that ensued as the gunmen took off after the bank raid. Sophisticated weapons and millions of Naira in cash loaded into two cars were recovered from the fleeing gunmen.
Street Journal’s findings have revealed that one of the methods of operation of the sect is to storm prisons to release members of the sect who have been arrested and remanded. It has also been found out that one of the avenues through which the sect raises funds is to bomb banks and loot the vault.