The Nigerian military in Borno State has warned that Boko Haram militants are now poisoning water sources as they are being dislodged by its offensive operations.
A statement by Colonel Tukur Gusau from the Theater Command of Operation Lafiya Dole therefore urged citizens to avoid drinking water from unverified sources, especially in locations where troops have routed the terrorists.
He pointed out that although no human life has been lost as a result of the barbaric action of the fleeing militants, some livestock was killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources.
He identified the latest incident of the poisoning of the cattle water ponds as being Kangallam village, along Marte and Abadam axis in Borno State, where a large number of cattle died after drinking water from the ponds.
“The action of the terrorists is no doubt aimed at taking their own pound of flesh on the innocent citizen and livestock as a result of the unbearable offensive operations through the combined effort of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force to route them out completely from their enclaves and hide-outs all over the northeast,” Col. Gusau said.