Troops have uncovered and destroyed a factory being used by Boko Haram insurgents to fabricate rockets and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Army spokesperson Col. Sani Usman said yesterday.
Col. Usman said the Nigeria Air Force’s aerial support facilitated the destruction of the factory located at Bama-Gonin Kurmi on the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.
In a statement, he added that gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles as well as locally made rocket shells, large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various laboratory equipment suspected to have been stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama, which was once under the control of Boko Haram.
He added that troops also arrested a Boko Haram kingpin.
Troops of the Seventh Division Garrison of the Nigerian Army engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram terrorist kingpin, John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis”.
He said the timely arrest of Trankil averted what would have been multiple bombings in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
”Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect said that nine of them were sneaked into the Maiduguri, armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city.
“The Theatre Commander operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and renewed calls for troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious particularly at all check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools,” he added