The Nigerian Army on Friday declared that some elders and leaders of Borno State alongside other states of the North East are doing everything to frustrate the determination of the military and other security agencies to make sure that the activities of insurgents becomes a thing of the past latest by December this year.

 

According to the Army, the said leaders which included top politicians are said to have gone as far as employing the services of Marabouts and other unethical means to reverse the gains made so far in the war against insurgency. 

 

The Army therefore issued a warning that, “Such elders, whose sinister machinations security agencies were aware of, risk arrest and will be dealt with in accordance with the law if caught.”

 

In a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and send a very strong and serious final warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and North East generally, that there is information of plans by some highly placed individuals and political groups to undermine and scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country.

 

“The unscrupulous individuals and their cohorts are determined to reverse the gains made and scuttle our efforts of achieving the Presidential directive to defeat Boko Haram terrorists within 3 months.

 

“They are enlisting the services of some Non-Governmental Organisations in this grand design. It has come to our knowledge that they are employing all means to see that our operation does not succeed in order for them to continue to enjoy certain benefits.

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“It has been revealed that they are employing the services of  marabouts and other unethical means in order to frustrate our efforts and the operations in addition to campaigns of calumny. 

 

“We are aware of their clandestine meetings and other diabolical efforts to achieve their nefarious aims and this will not be tolerated.

 

“Therefore, such individuals and groups should be warned in unmistakable terms that anyone found will be dealt with accordingly. People should place the interest  of the nation above any personal gain or ambition.”

 

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