The military on Friday morning foiled an attempt by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group to free some of its members being held in Giwa Barracks. The attack which was foiled by the security men on duty was aimed at releasing the top members of the group who were arrested during a major offensive by the military.
Street Journal’s findings revealed that one of those being held in Giwa Barracks is the organization’s chief executioner who carries out summary executions with the use of machetes once the sect passes a death sentence on someone.
Security sources disclosed that the insurgents accessed Maiduguri through Bama Road and they used the University of Maiduguri bypass to get to the barracks.
Following their inability to enter the barracks, the terrorists shot sporadically and threw explosive devices from outside.
Findings also revealed that the captured “executioner” is one of the people being looked up to by the organization for guidance and spiritual fortification, hence the attempt to free him.
The military responded swiftly to the attack which was repelled after a shootout. The terrorists were forced to flee when the military got aerial back up as fighter jets took to the air.
There were heavy losses on the side of the terrorists as many of them died from the heavy aerial bombardment. Not less than 200 bodies littered the ground.
It is believed in some quarters that the terrorists actually gained entrance and freed some of the suspects but they were shot dead as they tried to escape.