Troops Rescue 157 Captives As 77 Boko Haram Members Surrender

Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army

A total of 77 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to troops of 122 Task Force Battalion.

They comprised 17 men, 16 women, 16 male children and 28 female children.

According to a statement from the army, the surrendered terrorists had been moved to Yamteke by combined team of 26 Task Force Brigade for preliminary investigation and screening.

The statement also noted that the troops also arrested a deserter soldier, 03NA/53/3098 Corporal Musa Titima of 117 Task Force Battalion, attached to 114 Task Force Battalion, who absconded from duty while on Operation Crackdown, at Bitta.

The soldier was alleged to have been involved in a fracas with Mr Salisu Ngatha, at Kabang Ward on Monday, May 30, 2016 that led to the death of the civilian.

The statement read: “In furtherance of the efforts to keep Bitta-Damboa Road open and secure to commuters, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade have cleared Bulajani, Mulgwo and Muotu villages of remnants of Boko Haram elements.

“During an encounter at Moutu specifically, a soldier sustained an injury on the forehead, while five Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops, while a few others were suspected to escape with gunshot wounds. The troops recovered three locally-made guns.

“The advancing troops linked up with their counterparts of 25 Task Force Brigade at Gombori village and rescued 157 persons escaping from Boko Haram terrorists’ captivity.

“The rescued persons comprised 47 women, 91 children, 19 men. They are currently undergoing preliminary investigation and thorough screening to also determine their status.

“In a related development, troops of 7 Division Garrison arrested a 28-year-old suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ spy, Musa Mallam Aman, around the Garrison Headquarters complex in Maiduguri metropolis. Preliminary investigation confirmed that he hailed from Maradhi village in Niger Republic and added that he was not alone, as there were Boko Haram terrorists spies in Maiduguri.

“While efforts have been intensified to track and arrest his other accomplices, Musa has since been handed over to Joint Interrogation Committee (JIC).

“Troops of 22 Brigade Garrison and their Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Dikwa have also embarked on routine and fighting patrols to maintain security on construction and rehabilitation works of public buildings and infrastructure that would facilitate return of public officials and people back to their ancestral homes.

“In addition, the troops have been carrying out clearance operations and patrols to keep Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gomboru Ngala Road open and secure.

“The troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on their part, have intensified patrols and clearance operations in their area of responsibility. It was in that process that they discovered an Unexploded Object (UXO) and its casing at Hausari Street, Gada Mayo, yesterday afternoon.

“Similarly, another patrol team of the Brigade yesterday successfully cleared Boko Haram terrorists hideouts on Gwoza-Kwatara-Kasa-Uvaha hills. The troops also rescued four men, two women and five children that fled Boko Haram terrorists location at Uvaha as a result of the formation’s offensive against the terrorists.

“Following a tip-off by well meaning Nigerians, troops of 7 Division Garrison, conducted clearance patrol at the following villages; Abachari, Asanari, Mediari, Toluwari, Chuwnari, Gaya, Zarumari, Alanari, Shuwari, Ngadaya, Chempo, Samaa, Matari, Utoro and Kayamla in Jere and Konduga Local Government Areas of Borno State on May 31, 2016.

“During the patrol, troops came in contact with members of Boko Haram terrorists group at Samaa village, killing a number of them and recovered three motorcycles, 143 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, two bicycles, two bags if mango, one tricycle tyre pump, two water bottles and pellets for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making.”

Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, on Wednesday, reaffirmed that the military would intensify its offensive in the Sambisa Forest until the area was completely rid of terrorists.

Speaking at the inauguration of some projects at Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos, he said the “Operation Crack Down,” recently launched into Sambisa, was yielding positive results.

‘‘The operation is progressing and part of the benefits was the rescue of the two Chibok girls.

‘‘The operation is ongoing and we will continue until we rid that place of all terrorists,’’ he said.