The Nigerian Army has disclosed that the people of Magumeri town, headquarters of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State, are harboring and shielding Boko Haram terrorists.
The Army made this disclosure in a statement signed by Brigadier-General Sani K. Usman, Director of Army Public Relations.
The statement noted that suspected Boko Haram terrorists attempted to unleash mayhem in Magumeri on Wednesday, but were thwarted by the military. Preliminary investigation into the aborted attack, said the Army, showed that it was carried out by terrorists from within Magumeri. The Army added that the terrorists are well known to the people of the community.
"It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons. The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be an unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers," explained the Army.
As a result, the Army advised the community to help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them, warning that it is a criminal offense to shield or harbor known Boko Haram terrorists.
"The terrorists must be exposed, and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts.
"It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages," counseled the Army.