Troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force, North East, Operation HADIN KAI have arrested a high profile Boko Haram member and raided Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Devices Materials Hub in Damboa and Gashua Local Government Areas of Borno and Yobe States respectively.
The operational feats were recorded following robust operations, conducted by the troops.
A statement by Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said, this was after a tip-off that a wanted Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist, one Yawi Modu, who has been on the wanted list, was nabbed along the Damboa-Wajiroko Road.
Relatedly, troops also successfully busted a fertilizer syndicate, known for supplying terrorists with IED materials.
The market is believed to be the notorious hub for IED materials for Boko Haram Terrorists, (BHTs)/ISWAP.
The statement added that ISWAP criminals facing the reality of obvious depletion are desperately acquiring IED materials, to make explosive devices, with which to unleash terror on innocent civilians, in a bid to remain relevant and present a posture of potency.
In the sting operation conducted, a total of Two Hundred and Eight 50 Kg bags of Urea were recovered from the warehouses in the market and two notorious BHT distributors were also arrested.
It could be recalled that Urea fertilizer has been banned by the government because of its use as a major component for manufacturing IEDs by terrorists.
The suspects and materials recovered are currently undergoing preliminary investigation.
While commending the vigilance and resilience of the troops, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has reassured them of his support, indecisively tackling the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
(Editor: Ifeanyi Mark)