The Nigerian Army has asked Nigerians to be on the look out for members of Boko Haram, who are now fleeing from their Sambisa Forest hideout in large numbers.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the insurgents were leaving the Sambisa Forest in droves to escape being killed in the intensified aerial and ground offensive by the military.
Usman said the insurgents were fleeing Sambisa for various parts of the country.
He urged the members of the public to be more security conscious and report all suspicious movements to security agencies to prevent them from mingling members of the society.
The statement reads: “This is to inform the public that due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of the ground troops, and facing imminent annihilation, Boko Haram terrorists have been deserting Sambisa forest in droves trying to disperse to various parts of the country.
“The cowards are running away from their well noted enclave in the Sambisa forest for their lives. Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious.
“The public are requested to be observant and report any suspicious person or group of persons to the military or any of the security agencies to enable timely detection and apprehension of the fleeing insurgents before they mingle with the society and commit havoc.
“We would like to reassure the public of the confidentiality of the information provided and reiterate our commitment to the clearance of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement said.