While residents of Maiduguri grew apprehensive as explosions rang out shortly after the departure of President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, not many knew that men of the Joint Task Force were engaging members of the Boko Haramsect in a battle that resulted in the death of 20 members of the sect and two JTF operatives. 25 members of the Islamist sect were also taken alive.
According to a statement issued by the JTF, at least 52 members of the sect have fallen during firefights with the JTF in the last 10 days while 70 have been arrested. Col Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the JTF disclosed in the statement that recoveries made during Friday’s raid on the base of the dreaded sect included 3 anti-aircraft guns, 10 rocket propelled grenade tubes, 3 general purpose machine guns and 17 AK47 riffles. 1 pistol (Lama), 20 RGP chargers, 1*36 hand held grenade, 1 teargas riffle, 33 G3 magazines, 11,068 assorted amunations, 4 technical vehicles with mounted anti aircraft stands, 1 box of weapons cleaning kit, 4 swords and 2 knifes, 5 walkie talkie, 4 764 hand held sets, 1 multi links router and assorted uniforms and kits were also recovered.
Col Musa attributed the success of the operation to cooperation of people and intelligence reports.