At least 16 people in Yobe state have been taken into custody by the the Nigerian Army, they were arrested for allegedly collaborating with Boko Haram.
The Sun reports that the suspects were involved in Boko Haram activities and supplying logistics to the insurgents to carry out their terror acts in the state.
Colonel Dahiru Bako, acting Commander of the 27th military Task Force Brigade in Damaturu, said they were arrested in different locations across the state.
Bako, who paraded the suspects before journalists on Tuesday, September 8, said some of the suspects were arrested shortly after carrying out an operation at the outskirts of Damaturu, the state capital.
The Colonel informed that two villagers were killed in the insurgents’ attack. He said others were apprehended as collaborators and informants of the islamists.
The Army spokesman added that the second group of suspects were involved in supply of logistics like foodstuff, fuel, cigarettes, intoxicants and other consumables for the jihadist.
There were items recovered from the alleged Boko Haram collaborators, the items included 16 kegs of 25-litres of petrol, eight kegs of cooking oil, two bags of cannabis and large quantity of assorted drugs.
Also recovered were 10 bags of rice, two bags of sugar, 12 bags of millet and six bags of potash and 12 bags of fertilizers which the army said it suspected was being used in the production of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
In conclusion of his brief with press men, the Army chief reassured that the military and other security agencies were determined to tackle insurgency to its roots.
He used the medium to urge Nigerians to continue supporting the military as they strive on to end terrorism.
Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure that there are no right violations and breach of combat rules, the Nigerian military has ensured that every suspect apprehended undergoes due process of investigations before judgements are passed.
Following such precept, an investigation jointly carried out by intelligence officers of the Army, police, Department of State Security and representatives of the Borno state government, have found 128 persons innocent of charges linking them to Boko Haram.
The 128 which comprised of 109 men, 7 women, 11 under aged and one child were handed over to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state.
Among those released were three Chadians and one Cameroonian. All detainees were arrested at different points during military activities on suspicion of having dealings with the Boko Haram sect.