The Nigerian Army has raised concerns over plans by some fleeing members of Boko Haram terror group to attack churches, mosques, markets and other public places.
This, the Army says, the terrorists plan to do by recruiting more suicide bombers to its fold to carry out the attacks.
The Army is alerting the public to be vigilant and be on the lookout for Boko Haram escapees and report strange movements and suspicious persons in their communities, especially in places of worship, markets, weddings and any other gathering, to relevant security agencies within their localities.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, who made this known in a statement, called on communities to put security measures in place to prevent terrorists from invading their areas.
Usman in the statement said:
“In the past two weeks, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the on-going Operation DEEP PUNCH II have inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists and routed them from their various hideouts in Sambisa forest.
“Evidently, the fleeing terrorists will want to take cover and begin to filter into isolated communities.
“These defeated Boko Haram terrorists in their desperation to remain relevant, may further resort to employment of suicide bombers to inflict pain and terror on innocent and unsuspecting populace.
“In the light of this, communities and peace loving members of the society are advised to be on the lookout for Boko Haram terrorists’ escapees and promptly report any observed strange movements and suspicious persons in their communities particularly in places of worship, markets, weddings and any other gathering to the relevant security agencies within their localities.
“Communities are also enjoined to put in place security measures for reporting incidences.”