Cashed trapped, hungry and on the run members of the Boko Haram terrorits have resorted to armed robbery and kidnapping as a means of survival, following stringent measures by the Nigerian Army to end the activities of the terrorist organisation, investigation by The Nigerian has revealed.
Besides, following the continued raid on the hideouts of the fleeing terrorists which has led to the arrest of some of its top commanders in the last few days, it was gathered that majority of the sect members have deserted the leadership of Boko Haram hierarchy under both factional leaders in reaction to ongoing military onslaught against the sect.
While most have insisted on surrendering to the Army, others have taken to criminality such as kidnapping for ransome in an attempt to raise cash to flee the country, our source said.
The source told our reporter that the government as part of efforts to capture the self acclaimed leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau has blocked all sources of funding to the terrorist organisation.
Part of the measures to apprehend Shekau according to our investigation is the recent visit of the Chief of Army Staff to Chad and headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force headquarters where General Buratai took time to analyze the strategies by his commanders on the operation.
The Nigerian was reliably informed that Buratai held tight meetings with the field commanders and sought the cooperation of the neighboring countries in order to suffocate the remnants of Boko Haram anywhere around the border.
Sources say the government has placed watch over some individuals in the country suspected to have been funding the sect, a move which has forced the sect members to go broke and resulting to its recent activities as to be to generate funds to be able to sustain its fleeing fighters who are now on the road.
The source said military intelligence is also tracking politicians that are involved in fueling the insurgency, and will soon swoop on those found culpable.
As a means of survival, the sect members have now resorted to kidnap for ransome, the source familia with their operations told our reporter
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army on Wednesday rescued some staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a successful operation that took the sect by surprise. Though the military recorded some casualties, security experts have continued to praise the military for their timely intervention to rescue the captives immediately against past efforts especially when the Chibok girls were kidnapped.