…As NAF jets neutralize several insurgents in Borno***
The 123 male passengers coming from Jigawa State but intercepted along Moshalashi road, Agege by the Lagos State Police Command, has been released, alongside their 48 motorcycles.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana confirmed this in a statement, noting that a truck, with Registration Number JIGAWA HJA-680-XA, conveying the male passengers and motorcycles was on Friday, intercepted and searched, but later released, having been fully searched and finding nothing incriminating on them.
“They were profiled with a view to ascertaining who they were, where they come from, their background and their mission in Lagos.
“They all came from Jigawa State, North West Region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders.
“Some of them are already based in Lagos with their families while others are coming for the first time. They are in the state in pursuit of greener pasture,” Elkana said.
He said that the Police was satisfied with their legitimate mission in the State and allowed them to proceed to their various destinations.
Elkana said that the Lagos Police Command would not relent on its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the good people of Lagos State.
In the meantime, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralised scores of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in air strikes at Yuwe “C” in Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Infomation, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the operation was conducted on Saturday.
Daramola explained that the air raid was executed in continuation of Operation GREEN SWEEP 3 after credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports.
Operation GREEN SWEEP III target some identified terrorists’ positions in Borno.
He said the HUMINT reports were also corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to establish that the settlement was being used as a hideout for the insurgents.
“The ATF therefore detailed 2 Alpha Jets and an L-39ZA aircraft to attack the target area.
“As the aircraft arrived overhead the target area, several BHTs were seen attempting to flee while many others concealed themselves in the structures and dense vegetation of the area.
“The jets took turns attacking the target, scoring crucial hits on the hideout leading to the neutralisation of several BHT fighters,” he said.
Daramola said The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations against the terrorists in the North-East.