The 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Sokoto, reported on August 12, 2013, Monday, about the raid on the hideout of suspected Boko Haram insurgents, which started on Sunday night. The arrest of suspected gang leader, Mubarak, alias Dan-Hajiya, have been also confirmed.
Captain Yahaya Musa, spokesman of the brigade, said at a news briefing in Sokoto that the operation was jointly conducted with operatives of the State Security Service (SSS).
He said the operation was in continuation of the series of raids by security agencies to rid Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states of some fleeing insurgents from volatile states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
“Troops of the brigade have in the past few days intensified raids on the hideouts of these suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
“We have also made several arrests and investigations are ongoing; so this is the only one we can authoritatively confirm now.
“But I can, however, authoritatively confirm that there were no deaths recorded either on the side of the insurgents or the military and SSS,” he said.
Captain Musa said that arms and ammunition were recovered from the house of the suspect at Nakasari area of Sokoto. He said that items recovered included three AK-47 riffles, one riot gun, 153 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunitions, explosives, three cartons of acid, knock-outs, chemicals and thermometers.
He appealed to the residents to shun rumours and urged them to sustain the tempo of support and cooperation with the security agencies.