The troops of 22 Brigade have intercepted 26 people comprising mostly women and children, near Adah village in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
On interrogation, they stated that they were held hostage by boko haram terrorists, but escaped as their captors were moving towards Lake Chad general area because of troops presence.
Along Dikwa-Marte road, Kaje, Selenge, Manekura, Mane Gana and Gawayi villages, three women and five children were rescued.
The rescued persons told the troops that their husbands were actually boko haram terrorists who have ran away towards Lake Chad area due to immense pressure from the military clearance operations.
A statement on Friday, by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations added that “troops of 26 Task Force Brigade stationed in Gwoza also intercepted 8 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, trying to enter Gwoza town.
Though they claimed to be farmers coming from Shiadawey, Takwala and Amdaga Madachi villages respectively, which were known terrorists hideouts, preliminary investigations showed that they were indeed terrorists on a recruitment drive. “
The Army also said, “the troops of 7 Division Special Fighting Forces attached to 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa, at a checkpoint, arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Abubakar Bello and 6 other suspects carrying 28 gallons of “Turkey” brand of vegetable oil, 8 bags of flour, 130 crates of soft1 drinks and 2 bags of sugar. In addition, 5 mobile telephone handsets,
1 external hard drive and 5 flash drives, 2 national identity cards and the sum of Seventy Thousand Naira (N70,000.00k) only were recovered from him. Preliminary investigation discovered that the terrorists now dilute the vegetable oil with other substances to produce diesel to power their generators.”
Also, “The troops of 254 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with vigilantes and Borno Youths Empowerment Scheme (BOYES), also carried out clearance operations at Mufurundi, Kaleri, Masemari, Bego, Bale, Gadzama and Gagantilo villages along Damboa-Bale-Gwoza road. During the operation, the troops encountered and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), buried by the terrorists at Gadzama village.
They also encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Bego where they engaged the terrorists, neutralized them and cleared their camps within the general area. In the encounter, the troops killed 9 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number TH5712 and 17 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition. They also rescued 157 persons held hostages by the terrorists.”
“The troops in various deployments within the theatre remain vigilant with soaring morale and committed to their duties of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hiding in various remote corners and crannies”, the statement concluded.