The Nigerian Army has warned local communities in the North Eastern part of the country to expose Boko Haram members hiding amongst them.
Army spokesman Brigadier General Sani Usman, in a statement on Thursday issued the warning following attempts by suspected Boko Haram to unleash mayhem on Magumeri town, Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State on Wednesday evening.
He noted that the timely intervention of the military thwarted the attack, while troops are still consolidating and mopping up.
However, He said: "It is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community. The terrorists that attack the village are well known to the people."
He added that: "It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons. The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed."
"There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers," he stated.
Usman said: "Consequently, we are constrained to state that it's now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them."
He said: "It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst."
He added that the terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies.
"The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts," He said.
He pointed out that it is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages.