Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Rogers Nicholas, has announced a N5million ransom reward for anyone or group of individuals who can show the military or other security agency where Boko Haram manufacture their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Maiduguri.
The theatre commander, who made the announcement while briefing journalists at the headquarters of the command in Maiduguri on the achievements recorded so far, said that due to the rampant cases of suicide bombings in town, intelligent reports revealed that there is IED factory somewhere in the town.
Nicholas also revealed that, during the period under review, the Military has been able to rescue over one million people who were under Boko Haram hostage, while over 300 insurgents had willingly surrendered to the troops. He added that more than 25 suicide bombers have also been captured and are under the custody of the theatre command.
He, however commended, the efforts of the troops in the fight against the Boko Haram, saying that, it was a thing of joy to remind the people that, almost all the local governments across the state were free and safe for motorists.
“Just few days ago, some principal officers of the command and I went through some of these roads and we discovered that, there is no cause for alarm. In fact, insurgents have been sufficiently degraded to almost zero percent. So, all the roads are free and safe for the motorists to ply,” Rogers stated.
However, the theatre commander frowned at a situation whereby the media seemed to be positive about activities of the insurgents in their reports, giving example of Dambao incident which he said that, the media had continued airing even days after the incident despite the fact that, the story was fabricated and untrue.
“Please let me say here that, media should know that, we are partners in progress and this insurgency war is for everyone, not the military alone. Although the media is doing wonderfully well but we want them to be more objective in their reportage,” Rogers stated