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Military declares 100 Boko Haram members wanted; seeks cooperation of Nigerians in ‘smoking them out’

COAS Major General Tukur Buratai
COAS Lt. General Tukur Buratai

ABDULLAHI ISAH, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has released photos of nearly 100 people whom it says are its most-wanted Boko Haram suspects. It also sought the cooperation of the people to offer information needed to ‘smoke them out so that the country can live in peace.’

Making the call, Wednesday, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who was in Maiduguri to close the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR) 2015 Third Quarter Study Period under the theme: “Enhancing Information Management In Conflicts and Military Operations,” said Nigerians should take it as a service to the nation and a sacrifice towards living in peace.

“Nigerians should give information to stop this menace for all of us to live in peace. We can later talk about a reward.”

Earlier the spokesman of Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman, while presenting the large posters with pictures of the 100 wanted Boko Haram terrorists, said that most of the faces on the poster are faces of known Boko Haram kingpins who are still at large.

“Members of the public who have any credible information on any of these wanted terrorists should kindly call any of the phone numbers printed on the posters and the information given would be treated discreetly and professionally.”

The poster released by the military
The poster released by the military

The Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appears as number 97 and 100 on the list, which also includes teenagers.

The photo poster was launched as part of the counter terrorism material packaged by the Directorate of Army Public Relations.

Buratai presented the poster, shortly after delivering a paper titled ‘Contemporary Warfare, War Reporting and Dilemma of Military Leadership’.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari’s deadline of December was ‘not to the military alone but to all Nigerians and that everyone should brace up to contribute his or her quota to ending the Boko Haram scourge.’

In his paper, Buratai recommended that the media should ensure positive application of ICT tools in war reporting; the federal government should institute measures to make Internet users accountable and sanction individuals found culpable.

He also recommended that the media should lead the campaign for a positive attitude towards the military and be guided by the consciousness of operational security in war reporting to enhance national security.

He also appealed to the media to ensure credibility of the institution in war reporting.

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