Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 August 2012

Nigeria: JTF Recovers Bombs, Rifles in Maiduguri

Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Restore Order, yesterday said it has recovered sophisticated bombs and riffles at an undisclosed resident in Maiduguri. Items recovered include four Ak47 rifles, a GPMG, nine RPG bombs and 11 chargers; three Ak47 magazines, 1,032 rounds of ammunitions and three wooden butts.

Field Operations Commander of the JTF, Colonel Victor Ebhaleme said a new tactic of operation adopted by the JTF, tagged "Humanitarian Line of Operation" which is based on intelligence gathering by winning the confidence of residents in Maiduguri and Jere local government areas was yielding positive results.

Ebhaleme said a raid was carried out on Thursday following intelligence report from a previous arrest of an undisclosed number of suspects who are still in the custody of the JTF.

He debunked allegations that the JTF was collecting money to release some suspects or give undue recognition to anybody.

In a related development, the JTF Field Commander stated that two criminals involved in sending anonymous threats through text messages to individuals requesting for money were also arrested in the state capital, Maiduguri.

"Members of the public are reminded to always report such threats to security agencies early enough for prompt action," he said.

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