Kano State, Nigeria – Nigerian Police Forces working with local Civil Defense Corps (CDC), the Hisbah, conducted a joint raid on suspected Boko Haram sleeper cells within the northwestern Nigerian Kano State on February 6th. Working on reporting from locals within Kano State claiming that insurgents, possibly from Boko Haram have began flooding into the Kano State with some of the suspected terrorists demanding money and food from the locals. Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje echoed his citizens concerns and began reporting the influx of Boko Haram fighters into his state shortly after the Nigerian Army routed Boko Haram from the Sambisa forest area near the city of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria in December.
Nigerian police along with members of the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defence Corps arrested over 840 persons found in what Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, Magaji Musa Majia called several “black spots” within Kano State. Mr. Majia went on to confirm that out of the 840 arrested 53 were suspected Boko Haram members stating the: “Police launched the special operation following a security report that some insurgents from the North-East were planning to launch an attack on Kano and we succeeded in arresting 53 people, who came from that region. Whoever among them is found to be a terrorist will face the wrath of the law.” The rest of the 787 people arrested were a blend of minors, women, and men suspected of being involved in a commercial-level sex worker cabal.
Nigerian police spokesperson, Majia assured the locals of Kano State and the international community that all 53 of the suspected Boko Haram fighters are undergoing “intense interrogation for more leads into their operations and future plans.” And these types of operations against Boko Haram in the northern region of Nigeria will continue mercilessly, and continued to urge members of the public to continue their support of its security forces by providing useful intelligence to conduct further operations like this one. Nigeria has been fighting Boko Haram’s “Campaign of Violence” since the spring of 2009 with Nigeria recently gaining a huge victory against the terror group in December by finally pushing Boko Haram from its Sambisa forest stronghold Camp Zairo during Operation LAFIYA DOYLE. Sending Boko Haram scattering in all directions within northern Nigeria.
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