Nigerian Army Troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion deployed at an Observation Post have intercepted 69 family members of boko haram terrorists along Damboa-Bulabulin road, Borno State.
According to a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the group of persons were received and treated humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement.
“On preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the 69 of them were indeed family members of boko haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa. Out of that number, 7 of them are men, 18 women, 7 grown up boys and 37 children”.
Colonel Usman stated that at the initial stage of the interrogation, they claimed to have escaped from boko haram captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area. But further interrogation revealed otherwise.
“The troops recovered 15 bicycles, 5 Dane Guns and other personal effects from them. Further and thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain other information from them”.