The Nigerian Army yesterday reportedly disclosed that it has obtained names of some people suspected to be sponsors of the recent suicide bombings in Maiduguri and would be exposing each of them at the appropriate time.
The commander, Operation ‘Lafiya Dole,’ Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar, gave this hint while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri.
Said he: “We searched the houses of suspects and certain items that we recovered in the vicinity gave us some clues”.
Abubakar explained that it would take time before reaching a conclusion on the ongoing investigation.
“Investigation on those that we suspect are either participating or hiding, fuelling or conniving with those that carried out those acts, is ongoing.
He said at the appropriate time, the Army will expose those believed to be sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria.
He said no amount of distractions would deter the Army from ending terrorism in Nigeria by December.
Abubakar was reacting to the recent spate of suicide bombings by suspected insurgents in some parts of the country.
He pointed out that the bombings were aimed at diverting the attention of the military from achieving its target in the ongoing anti-terrorism war.
“I want to assure all that for every second that passes, we get more committed to fighting the insurgents; we cannot be deterred.
“We are doing as much as we could to ensure that we completely eradicate the insurgents as quickly as possible because we are aware of the timeline within which to complete the task,” he said.
“They will be exposed in due course,” Abubakar assured.
He appealed to Nigerians to be security conscious to avoid future occurrence.
“The citizens need to know that security is their personal responsibility as individuals. “They must be able to secure themselves and doing so means they need to be security conscious.
“Any suspicious movement within the environment should be reported to security agents immediately,” he advised.
Abubakar said the military was working on a strategy that would enable individuals pass vital information to security agents without being noticed.