. As JTF Raids Hideout in Sokoto
A suspected hideout of members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect came under attack early on Saturday as soldiers from the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army raided the hideout located at Gidan-Igwai area of Sokoto.
The Brigade’s spokesperson, Captain Yahaya Musa disclosed that the operation was carried out to stop the influx of insurgents from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States where they are currently under fire from the military.
He said “the operation was conducted as part of the ongoing efforts to rid Sokoto state of the fleeing insurgents from the volatile states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and to also cleanse Nigeria of insurgency and criminal activities.” Street Journal gathered that the operation followed a tip-off.
Giving a hint that the operation might be a continuous exercise, Musa said “the operation by the army would be sustained and intensified just like our sister security organisations are also doing theirs, nationwide”. He declined comments on whether there were fatalities and the body count but stated that scores of arrests were made. He said details would be made available later.
The situation was however different in parts of Borno State as the Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Major General J. Ewansiah confirmed to the Governor of Borno State, Kasshim Shettima that 12 soldiers and 7 policemen lost their lives in the August 4 attack on police and military formations in Bama and Malumfatori. JTS Spokesman in the state, Lt Col Sagir Musa had stated back then that a soldier, 2 policemen and 16 members of the Boko Haram sect lost their lives in the gun battle. The commander however opened up when the Governor visited the headquarters of the JTF to condole with them over the attack and the resultant loss.