The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe said on Saturday that it had smashed a Boko Haram group in Fune, recovering two vehicles, arms, ammunitions and other materials.
Lieutenant Lazarus Eli, the JTF spokesman, said this in Damaturu while displaying the items to journalists.
He explained that the terrorists attacked a JTF checkpoint in Fune on Friday and took away a police vehicle conveying police items to Borno.
“The JTF pursued and engaged them in a
gunfight and they were overpowered, thereby recovering the stolen vehicle as well as a similar one used by the group”.
“Other items recovered include one Ak47 rifle three Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) bombs, three RPG chargers, one riot gun and 485 rounds of ammunition,” he said.
Mr. Lazarus also said 42 police jackets, 44 police helmets, six AK47 rifle magazines, 80 fragmentation blades and illicit drugs were recovered. He said some of the suspects fled with gunshots and appealed to the public to report anyone found with gun wounds to security operatives.
Meanwhile, the people of the state have
appealed to the federal authorities to lift the suspension of telephone services, to enable them to provide security operatives with useful and timely information.
Damaturu residents claimed that the attack on a college two weeks ago would have been averted, if there was telephone service.
“People noticed suspicious movements on that fateful day just about the commencement of the curfew, but one could not move out.
“Also, there was no telephone network for us to report to the security,” a resident stated.