ABUJA- THE Nigerian Army has described threat by the released members of Boko Haram terrorists to the effect that the would bomb Abuja, as a mere propaganda by the terrorists.
This came as troops of 145 and 158 Task Force Battalions, 5 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Friday, smashed a fish smuggling ring perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists to fund their criminal activities. But the Nigerian Army lost one of its soldiers in the battle with the terrorists group which lasted several hours on Friday morning. The Army said the threat was just a mere strategy by the terrorists not only to seek public attention but also to seek relevance, having been defeated by the Nigerian military the war they waged against the Nigerian state. In a statement this morning, by the its spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Nigerian Army which noted that the terrorist member making the threat was a direct beneficiary of the process that led to the release of 82 of the abducted girls,insisted that he does not have a say or capacity to do anything, “therefore his threats should be ignored.” It urged Nigerians not to give into the terrorists’ propaganda and empty threats as according to it, the country has come to a very critical stage of the fight against terrorism and insurgency that required more patriotism and security consciousness by all and sundry. “Gone were the days when people glamorize terrorists and their criminal acts, “it said. The full statement read thus:” The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to two video clips released by one of the released Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls. “IN the first clip the terrorist, among other things, made boastful and spurious allegations, while the second clip was about alleged indoctrination of some of the abducted Chibok school girls in captivity. “We wish to state that the terrorist has lost touch with current realities. “It was aimed at seeking relevance and attention. “As you are all aware, he was a direct beneficiary of the process that led to the release of 82 of the abducted girls, and does not have a say or capacity to do anything, therefore his threats should be ignored. “We would like to assure the public that the Nigerian Army is totally committed to the Federal Government’s determined efforts of rescuing all abducted persons and peace in the country. “We will not relent our determined efforts of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists as manifested through the ongoing clearance operations. “The Nigerian Air Force is unrelenting in its bombardment while other Security Agencies are equally doing their best. “Therefore, we wish to solicit for more support, cooperation and understanding of the public, particularly members of the Press. “We should not give in to terrorists propaganda and empty threats. We have come to a very critical stage of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria that require more patriotism and security consciousness by all and sundry. “Gone were the days when people glamorize terrorists and their criminal acts.” In a related development, the Army declared that its troops of 145 and 158 Task Force Battalions, 5 Brigade, Friday, smashed a fish smuggling ring perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists to fund their criminal activities. A statement by Colonel Timothy Antigha, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 8 Task Force Division, to this effect, said the success was recorded during a joint ambush operation conducted in Julari village, along Kareto – Damasak road, in Borno State. According to the statement, four Boko Haram terrorists were killed during the operation by the troops. “Similarly, they recovered one AK 47 riffle, one Toyota Hilux pick up, three Motorcycles, 35 bags of dry fish, one bag of bush meat, three bags of sugar and 60 litres of engine oil. Unfortunately, we lost a soldier during the operation, “the statement read.