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Boko Haram: Olonisakin demands information on Sleeper Cells, Terrorist’ Hideouts; Fifth Columnists and Boko Haram Collaborators and Isolated settlements.

Having relocated to Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri as directed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin has demanded for information on Boko Haram collaborators and their areas of concentration.

He further requested for information on location of sleeper cells of the group and suspicious habitations and living quarters within rural and urban centers as well as suspicious isolated settlements and camps outside normal living areas

A Statement in this regard signed by Major General John Enenche, Director of Defence Information, said “In compliance with the recent Presidential directive by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to Service Chiefs to move to Maiduguri, the epicenter of the North-East Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism Operation, the Service Chiefs have commenced the Command and Control of the Operation from the Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri.

“In this regard, the Chief of Defence Staff held a Briefing session with the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, the Theatre Commander and Senior Principal Staff Officers of the military high command at the Military Command and Control Centre on 1st August 2017, on the reviewed strategic direction and operational plans, in compliance to the directive of the Acting President. 

 “This move and action are expected to give impetus to the military effort in the North-East Operations.

 “Consequently, the Defence Headquarters hereby appeal to the public and people in the areas affected directly by the negative acts of terrorism and criminality, to come forward with credible information that will further assist the security and response agencies to tackle this menace.

 “It is necessary to point out some of key information required which include the following, ‘Terrorists sleeper cell locations, Terrorists concentration areas and outpost locations, Collaborators and informants to the terrorists, Suspicious habitations and living quarters within rural and urban centers, suspicious isolated settlements and camps outside normal living areas”

 “In Conclusion, the Armed Forces of Nigeria reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that peace and tranquility is restored to the North-East.

 “Thus the cooperation of the general public, particularly those in the affected areas is highly solicited.”


Major General John Enenche

Director Defence Information


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