The Nigerian Army has arrested at least 1,240 Boko Haram suspects in operations leading to the capture of the terrorist group’s only remaining fortress deep in the Sambisa forest.
The war against terror in Nigeria’s North East had been codenamed Operation LafIya Dole by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai
While speaking at a news conference in Maiduguri, Commander of the Military Command and Control Centre, MCCC, in Maiduguri, Borno State Maj.Gen. Leo Irabor, said: “We have arrested a total of 1,240 for links to Boko Haram. We don’t consider them escapees because they were arrested during the operation that led to the fall of camp zero. We consider them either sympathizers or members of Boko Haram.”
Also, 30 Boko Haram suspects including 24 males and six females surrendered to the Nigerien army and are undergoing interrogated in Diffa, Niger Republic.
The army commander said the military had won the battle against the militants with the fall of their operational headquarters, but said the “battle to win the peace has just begun” with troops still on the trail of militants fleeing from the forest.
The Military Commander rebuffed claims that a Frenchman was arrested in Sambisa Forest alongside Boko Haram suspects. He however admitted that some foreigners had been arrested including one from Burkina Faso.
“As we speak, some of my officers and men are on the trail of fleeing militants who have been smoked out of their enclave. So we are not saying this war is over.”