on Saturday, August 10, 2013, by the Nigerian Army. The operation
was carried out in order to curb the influx of the extremist sect
members from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.
"The operation was conducted as part of the ongoing efforts to rid
Sokoto state of the fleeing insurgents from the volatile states of
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa," Capt. Yahaya Musa, the Spokesperson
of the 1 Brigade, Sokoto, has explained.
The operation, the authorities say, has been staged thanks to a
hint given by the local residents, with Capt. Musa adding that the
raid was "part of the routine operations of the Army to cleanse
Nigeria of insurgency and other criminal activities."
"Sokoto is peaceful, unfortunately insurgents from other parts of
the country are fast making it a safe haven and we are battle-ready
to dislodge them.
"The operation by the army would be sustained and intensified just
like our sister security organisations are also doing theirs,
"I cannot however confirm any fatalities as at now but scores of
arrests have been made whose details would be made available
later," the spokesperson further said.
Capt. Musa expressed gratitude to the residents of the city for their
usual support and cooperation, noting that the task of ensuring
the security of lives and property of Nigerians is a collective one.