Col Sani Kukasheka Usman

The Nigerian Army has said a new trick used by the Boko Haram insurgents to evade air detection and bombardments by troops was to roof their buildings with "mud and coated sugar."

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said this on Monday, noting that the military had uncovered the trick and would soon apprehend more Boko Haram commanders.

The army spokesman said a factional Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had been revealed in a terrible state of health and was no more a threat to the troops.

Usman said, "The Boko Haram terrorists' trick of evading air raids has been uncovered by the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole. The terrorists perfected the survival trick to continue their nefarious activities through their enticement, deceit, and propaganda. These tricks were decoded through credible intelligence.

"The insurgents deployed special roofing techniques to avoid air detection and bombardment from the Nigerian Air Force.

They resort to roofing their buildings and hideouts with a mixture of coated sugar and mud so that the roof will not reflect when there is sunshine. Decisive measures have been taken to deal with this deception.

"There is also no doubt that the main Boko Haram terrorist group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, is in a terrible state of health and not much a threat. He is waiting for his Waterloo. We reliably learned that some misguided persons, particular youths, are getting conscripted into the sect through enticements.

"The factions have recruiters all over thecountry, especially in the North-East.

However, their clearinghouse for such conscripts is at Potiskum, Yobe State. Efforts are ongoing to track those involved."