The Nigerian military says it has discovered the largest single cache of arms and ammunition dump at the Alagarno forest in the north-east.
The Theatre Commander, “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, disclosed this at a news conference in Biu on Sunday.
He said the arms and ammunition were hidden in bunkers made by the terrorists.
“Following a tip off, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, supported by some civilians, JTF today went on a clearance patrol to Borgozo-Alargano general area in which they discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions at Gursum village.
“The patrol team also cleared remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that were dislodged from the Alagarno forest and were hibernating at Kadari, Camp Abu Fatima, and Gursum.
“The troops discovered a large cache of arms and ammunitions that included 36 boxes of .51mm calibre, 5 x 20 Lyra beefcake mixture of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, large quantity of 7.62mm (special), ammunition, and one 81mm mortar tube.
“In addition, the troops recovered one Toyota Hilux, one generator and several motorcycles.
“It will be correct to assert that this is, so far, the largest single cache of arms and ammunition to be discovered in the north-east,” he said.
Irabor said the arms and ammunition found were enough to dislodge a sizeable number of any enemy’s force.
He stated that the discovery confirmed the military’s earlier assertion that the Boko Haram group operated several underground logistic bases in the region.
He said that troops operating in other locations in the area had cleared more terrorist hideouts in the past three days.
Irabor acknowledged the support of the Nigerian Air Force in the recent successes recorded by the military.
He said that ground troops had enjoyed tremendous support from the Air Force’s aerial surveillance and bombardments.
Irabor appealed to Nigerians, particularly residents of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe to remain vigilant and to report suspicious movements to security agencies for prompt action.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that troops had, in the past one week, cleared many hideouts of the insurgents across the north-east.