An announcement was made by the Nigerian army on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, saying that it has discovered a notebook containing the names of Boko Haram members in Sambisa forest, the stronghold of the insurgents.
A report by the Nigerian Bulletin reveals that the army was on a mop-up operation of Sambisa forest, when they recovered notebooks filled with names of Boko Haram members.
Major General Lucky Irabor, the theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, while speaking to the press in Maiduguri said:
“On January 5, at about 1000hrs, our troops conducted a mop-up operation around Camp Zairo general area and recovered additional Boko Haram terrorists’ items.
“They included a pair of black uniform with camouflage design on the edges, a précis on motar operation written in Arabic, one big size of the Qur’an, and 4 notebooks containing names of terrorists.
“The items also include a list of the terrorists locks, a list of IED materials and method of preparation and breakdown of quantities of arms and ammunition issued to their members. There were also some instructions written in Arabic and a small Boko Haram flag with Arabic inscription.”
Meanwhile, the United Nation’s Resident Humanitarian Coordinator to Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has debunked allegations of under-performance and misuse of funds in caring for Boko Haram victims by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.
He said United Nation’s agencies have presently reached over 2 million people with humanitarian assistance as against barely 100,000 people as at October 2016.
The challenges are enormous but there has been a lot of progress on humanitarian response since October 2016 when I assumed duty as the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP resident Representative to Nigeria.
“Before I came, the international community was barely reaching 100,000; however, in December, humanitarian assistance was reaching over 1 million families.
“Presently, humanitarian assistance is reaching about two million people in the North-East; there has been a huge progress so far.
“The UN system is an accountable system and if we receive a request from the Governor of Borno on what we are bringing in and what is being spent we would give that information.
“Such information is not hidden.’’