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Nigeria Army: Boko Haram members fleeing Sambisa Forest

The army has warned insurgent may are headed for neighbouring areas around the Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

FILE: A screengrab taken on 9 November 2014, from a new Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town. Picture: AFP.

ABUJA – The Nigerian army is warning Nigerians in neighbouring states that fleeing Boko Haram members were escaping the Sambisa Forest to civilian territories around Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The warning is coming on the heels of the arrest of a Boko Haram leader in Ikorodu, Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The chief of army staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai said the terrorist, one of those fleeing from the Boko Haram former stronghold of Sambisa Forest, was arrested on Saturday.

Buratai who did not give further details made the announcement in Maidugiri, where he reopened two major roads in the state that were closed since 2013 at the height of the atrocities of the insurgents.

The roads are Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga. They were opened in the wake of the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that the terrorists had been flushed out of Sambisa Forest.

The army chief charged the troops not to relent until all the terrorists who had waged a war against Nigeria since 2009 are arrested.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)