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Army cautions groups on solidarity rallies


Maiduguri – The Nigerian Army on Thursday cautioned individuals and groups organizing rallies to celebrate its successes against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, and made available to newsmen in Maiduguri.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a number of groups and individuals celebrating the routing out and decimation of Boko Haram terrorists on our soil.

“So much as we thank them for that, it is imperative to state that we do not begrudge such persons their desire to identify and associate themselves with this success.

“However, the Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such celebrations and solidarity rallies,’’ Usman said.

He said: “we also would like to advise that they should tread with caution as this could be distractive to us.

“The public are please informed that the terrorists are surreptitiously fanning out of their last enclaves in Sambisa to cause havoc or seek refuge elsewhere’’.

Usman advised members of the public to remain vigilant, as remnants of the terrorists were fleeing in all directions.

“Therefore, there is need for all to be more vigilant and security conscious to enable us clear the remnants of these terrorists wherever they might flee.

“We would like to reassure the public that we will remain professional and focused in clearing the remnants of these criminals on the Nigerian soil,’’ he said. (NAN)

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