Army declares Shekau, 54 others wanted in new list
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has again declared wanted 55 notorious members of the Boko Haram including their supposed leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The army chief, yesterday in Maiduguri, unveiled the circulation of third edition of posters carrying photographs of Shekau and the 55 most wanted Boko Haram members.
The posters with inscriptions written in English, Hausa and Kanuri languages also had phone numbers which the public could easily call or text to indicate which of the characters in the numbered photographs they know or have information of.
Displaying the posters at the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lt. Gen. Burtai recalled that the first and second editions comprising of 202 terrorists was launched last year.
He pointed out that many terrorists in the first and second editions were either identified and arrested or killed during operations.
He added the new pictures also composed of some of the other insurgents already in the past editions but not arrested saying they were now included for emphasis.
According to him, members of the public that have any credible information on any of the wanted terrorists should call any of the phone numbers printed on the posters, noting that the information given would be treated discreetly and professionally.
“I am appealing to the public to come out with information that would assist in the arrest of these terrorists
“The 55 Boko Haram members declared wanted have their faces on the poster
“The members of the public should look at the poster very well and report appropriately,” he further appealed.
The army chief noted that the troops have recorded milestone victory in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations as the militants are already defeated, with hundreds of them laying down their arms to surrender.
“The Nigerian Army and indeed the military as the symbol of our nationhood is determined to eliminate the remnants of the insurgents, we will never allow the repeat of the past bloody havoc wrecked on the populace by the insurgents. Nigerians can indeed acknowledge our ability to stand and defeat the Boko Haram terrorists due countless changes and improvements in terms of safety as well as security,” he said.
Buratai, who hailed the Nigerian Army for keeping to the desired task of defeating the militants, implored the troops not to be discouraged in case of suffering casualty occasioned by an ambush being laid by the insurgents.
Culled from PeopleDaily