The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State, “Operation Restore Order,” Wednesday advised the people of the state to ignore the threat by members of the Boko Haram sect that they should desist from divulging information of their hideouts. The JTF said it was a sign of panic and that it was getting closer to arresting the insecurity situation in the state.
A release signed by its spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, read: “The attention of the JTF Operation Restore Order has been drawn to leaflets and posters printed by Boko Haram terrorists threatening and warning people not to pass information to the JTF on their hideouts, modus operandi and any other information about their activities.
“In the publication, the terrorists warned the public not to divulge any information to security agents or criticise their dastardly activities as doing so will attract maximum punishment from them.”
Musa said: “The task force wishes to inform law-abiding members of the public to totally disregard such publication and consider it as part of the terrorists’ propaganda strategy to keep the civil populace in captivity and perpetual fear with a view to unleashing more terror on innocent citizens.”
He said the JTF was determined to ensure the maintenance of law, order and safety of lives and property of all law-abiding citizens in the state.
He reminded the people of the state that security is a collective responsibility rooted in information sharing and collaboration, urging members of the public in possession of the said publication to disregard or destroyed it. Musa also reminded them that the JTF hot lines are still active and that information can be passed to security agencies through them.
Similarly, the security outfit warned members of the public against donating money to the sect, warning that any donor to the group under any disguise would equally be treated as terrorist.
The JTF lamented that the successes recorded in the interception of some arms and ammunition from the sect has been made nonsense of as some traders in the town have continued to give money for replenishment with the claim that they were threatened.
The JTF however warned individuals or group to desist from “such unpatriotic acts as both the giver and receiver of such monies would be treated as terrorists and be seriously dealt with.”