A factory used in manufacturing rockets and improvised explosive devices in Bama, Borno State, by Boko Haram has been uncovered by the military.
Army spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman, who disclosed this in a statement, also said “troops of Garrison of the Nigerian Army engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday made a remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin, John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis”.
Col. Usman also said by arresting Trankil, the troops averted what would have been multiple bombings in Maiduguri, the state capital.
“Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect claimed nine of them sneaked into Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city.
“The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and renewed calls for troops and the public to be more vigilant and Ssecurity-conscious particularly at all check-points, markets, worship centres, motorparks and schools,” the statement said.
In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade, while on offensive operations on Boko Haram location, with the support from the Nigerian Air Force destroyed the terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and rocket-making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.
“The items recovered include gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles. Others include locally-made rocket shells, large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area,” he said.