The Department of State Services says Boko Haram members are relocating from Sambisa forest in Borno state to Chikun LGA in Kaduna state.
According to the Punch, the alert was in a leaked memo marked NSCDC/NHQ/INT&INVST/323/2021 dated September 9, 2021 and signed by B.O Bassey, acting deputy commandant-general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, intelligence and investigation.
The document is titled, ‘Re: update on relocation of Boko Haram terrorists (BHTs) to Rijana general area in Kaduna state’.
According to the memo, senior Boko Haram members are planning to team up with one Adamu Yunusu and his supporters.
The DSS, therefore, asked the civil defence to be on the alert.
“Sequel to a memo dated September 2, 2021 received from the ministry of interior on the above subject matter, upon an intelligence report from the office of the director-general, department of state services, national headquarters, Abuja, dated August 20, 2021 with reference no S.314/31/B/2915,” it reads.
“It has been uncovered, plans by senior Boko Haram fighter, Ibrahim (FNU) alongside his foot soldiers relocating from ‘Sambisa Forest in Borno State to Rijana Forest in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State with a view to joining their counterpart under the leadership of one Adamu Yunusu (aka Saddiqu).
“In light of the above, you are hereby directed to step up surveillance and intelligence gathering on the aforementioned areas and environs.”
The northern part of Nigeria has seen a spike in banditry, kidnapping and terrorist activities in recent times.
In a recent incident of kidnapping, gunmen abducted at least 73 students from Government Day Secondary School, Kaya in Maradun LGA of Zamfara state. The students have, however, regained their freedom.