The Joint Task Force, JTF, has raided a bomb factory operated by the suspected Boko Haram members in Mubi, the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State, and arrested no fewer than 156 members of the sect, including six females and five children.
One of the suspects was killed during the operation.
Among items recovered from the raid, code named Operation Restore Sanity, were ready-to-use improvised explosive devices, chemicals, over 500 daggers, 9 AK-47 assault rifles, locally made pistols, rocket launchers, among other arms and ammunition.
Addressing newsmen after inspecting the compound, where the raid took place, Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola, Brigadier-General John Nwaoga, hinted that the operation was sequel to the recent clandestine activities and destruction of telecoms masts in Mubi.
Brigadier-General Nwaoga, who was accompanied by Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Godfrey Okeke, and the State Director of State Security Service, SSS, said the raid had helped the military intelligence to unravel the mystery behind the protracted wave of shooting and bomb attacks in Mubi Town.
Nwaoga said: “Based on intelligence report, a team of JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law-abiding citizens were not hurt.”
He, however, said the operation was “sweeping” and assured that those arrested would be thoroughly screened to isolate innocent ones. He said a member of the group was gunned down during a gun duel with JTF.