One of the leaders of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, who was one of the earlier escapes from either the infamous and formerly dreaded Sanbisa Forest and/or other parts of Borno State, who eventually settled in Lagos has now been arrested.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, told journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state that the Nigerian Army has resolved to go after all fleeing commanders of the terrorists. General Buratai also asked soldiers in the northeast to pursue the fleeing terrorists and intercept them wherever they may be.
Gen. Buratai made the disclosure on Sunday while opening two major roads (Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak road and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga road) in Borno State that were closed since 2014, at the height of the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria.
Governor, Kashim Shettima of Borno state, who witnessed the event, said there was no Christmas and New Year gift to the people of Borno State better than the fall of the infamous Sambisa forest.
The happy Governor of Borno state said described year 2016 as one that witnessed a major breakthrough in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram in the northeast, adding that this year was so far his best in the last five years since he assumed office as Governor of Sokoto State on May 29, 2011.
Gov. Shettima said inter alia:
“Since I became the Governor of Borno State in over five years, this is the best Christmas season I have witnessed. This is the best December I have witnessed and the year 2016 is my best year so far as Governor of Borno State”
- Gov. Kashim Shettima of Sokoto State