Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) have stepped up their onslaught against members of the Boko Haram sect with the use of trained military police dogs to foil insurgents infiltration and capturing 50 of them in the process.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who said the dogs were participating in the cordon and search phase of the special operations against terrorism in the country.
Olukolade said the dogs were instrumental in foiling various attempts by the insurgents to either escape, infiltrate military camps or escape to the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic and Chad.
He said: " Various attempts being made by the insurgents to escape to enter towns and cities in the North-east as troops dislodge them from their forest bases, have been foiled by the dogs.
"The efforts of the specially trained dogs have so far led to the arrest of over 50 terrorists who were trying to infiltrate Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital."
The DDI revealed that more than 15 of the insurgents were arrested with arms concealed in their body or properties.
He said cordon and search has been intensified as the forests in the North-east are being combed for terrorists.
He further revealed that at the deseri forest, three Hilux vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft weapons were destroyed, one Volkswagen Golf car and four motorcycles were also recovered.