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Bolori, Wakil were unwilling to give information on Boko Haram, says army

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Colonel Sani Usman

Colonel Sani Usman

The Nigeria Army said two of the three persons declared wanted were unwilling to disclose credible information they possess about Boko Haram operations.

The spokesman of the Army Col. Sani Usman gave this hint yesterday to defence correspondents through a social media platform (WhatsApp).

According to the army spokesman, “Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil have been economical with the truth regarding what they know about Boko Haram insurgents and their activities.”

Usman did not say if Wakil who was at the army headquarters yesterday evening was interrogated and later allowed to leave, but there were reports that she was not detained.

The army spokesman had earlier claimed that they have contact with Boko Haram insurgents and possess information on the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. The army asked Bolori and Wakil to report at its headquarters with information on the whereabouts of the girls and other abducted individuals.

Usman, while appreciating the contributions of all those who provided information to the military which aided its operation against Boko Haram in the North East, emphasized that “Please note that Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil failed to give us more details. They were evasive. They wanted everything on their terms. Now it’s going to be on our terms. We are determined. They must cooperate.”

“Aisha Wakil did not deny that she has links to the Boko Haram, but they chose to do things their own way only and never gave considerations to any of my suggestions.”

He stated that, “the wanted persons were given the opportunity to provide credible information that would assist the army to end the counter-insurgency operation at the shortest possible time, but the reverse is the case. With the present turn of events therefore, they must be ready to cooperate with the army.

“They must mention their Boko Haram contacts and their locations. It is strategic to engage the alleged Boko Haram negotiators so as to weaken their propaganda base. We cannot continue to drag this war any further. The military approach should be devoid of rhetorical postulation. We want actionable information for planning and execution of our operations,” Usman said.

On the remnants of the insurgents, Usman said the rainy season has affected the operations in the North East, such that some of their hideouts inside Sambisa forest are identified but cannot be taken over now.

“We have cleared most of their hideouts. Though few are remaining. Our target is the remaining camps that are not accessible during the rains,” he
said.


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