Cameroonian Troops hand over suspected boko haram terrorists to Nigeria

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

The Nigerian Army says Cameroonian authorities have handed over  suspected boko haram terrorists to the Nigeria.

According to a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, this act was a clear indication that the “cooperation with our neighbours have brought renewed vigour and is yielding fruitful result in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

IMG-20160215-WA0011Colonel Usman noted that “apart from recording tremendous success, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade, have married up with Cameroonian forces for joint operations in Kirawa junction. Although they have not met any of the terrorists in the axis of advance, they rescued 8 men, 36 women and 68 children in the area.”

The Army Spokesman also stated that “to further consolidate on the cordial relationship, the Commander of Cameroonian 1st Battalion, paid courtesy call on his counterpart, the Commanding Officer of 121 Task Force Battalion in Pulka. The visiting unit assisted with the demining of a section of the road between Kirawa Junction to Pulka and handed over 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists to the Nigerian unit.

Sadly however, one of the visiting unit’s vehicle ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), buried along Pulka-Ngoshe road in which an officer and  8 of their soldiers sustained injuries. Unfortunately, the officer died while being evacuated to Douala by air. We wish to commiserate with the Cameroonian forces for the incident and the demise of the officer. May his soul rest in peace and give his colleagues speedy recovery,” he said.

He further disclosed that “troops of 113 Battalion on patrol to Ngwala cleared boko haram terrorists’ camps at Ngorta and Aritimie villages. The troops also came across the terrorists market at the area. However, on sighting the troops the suspected boko haram terrorists ran and abandoned their supplies.

The patrol also conducted cordon and search operations around Ngwala and recovered 2 pickup vehicles and 12 motorcycles belonging to the fleeing boko haram terrorists. The market has been closed indefinitely.

The Army reaffirmed its commitment to ridding the North-Eastern part of Nigeria of the boko haram terrorists, “the morale of troops in the theatre of operation is very high and they are ever determined to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they may be in the North Eastern part of our country.”