The Nigerian Army troops deployed in Operation LAFIYA DOLE clearing the remnants of boko haram terrorists have rescued 53 persons, killed two terrorists and arrested 1 terrorist.
A statement by the Army Spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, explains that the troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade, had embarked on an aggressive patrol to dominate and secure the road linking Izge and Bitta.
“During the operation, the patrol came across 43 persons that escaped from one of the boko haram terrorists hideout in Madube. The escapees comprised of 10 men, 14 women and 19 children”.
The rescued persons are currently being screened and profiled at the Battalion Headquarters.
Similarly, troops of 115 Task Force Battalion of the same Brigade, in conjunction with some vigilante groups, also carried out patrols to Pegana, Joma, Wambiyar, Dille, Pumpum, Zah, Miya and Pugula communities and cleared them of boko haram terrorists.
“Some elements of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), arrested and handed over a suspected boko haram terrorist, named Garba Thlama Mussa to the unit. He is currently being interrogated and would be handed over to Joint Intelligent Committee,” Col Usman disclosed.
The troops of 117 Battalion also carried out patrol within Mubi North and Mubi South to ensure general security of the areas. The same unit also provided security to Adamawa State boundaries adjustment committee during their visit to Kwaja village in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Troops of 143 Battalion also carried out patrol in Bebel, Fattude, Teddei, Hyambula and Sukur.
We are pleased to state that the troops in that axis are in high spirit determined to continue doing the nation proud.
The story is the same in 22 Brigade area of operations as troops of 3 Battalion also conducted foot and mobile patrols towards Diema, Tatakura and Kala villages in which they had contact with Boko Haram terrorists and killed 2 of them and recovered some dangerous weapons.
Similarly, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison in conjunction with a detachment of Nigeria Custom Services personnel conducted patrol along Dikwa-Mafa-Maiduguri road to keep it safe.
The Army disclosed that with the improved security situation in the North East especially in the liberated and cleared areas, other security and Para-military agencies have started redeploying back to their locations.
“The Nigerian Immigration Service has also deployed its personnel in Dikwa. The 21 personnel were received and briefed at the Headquarters 22 Brigade Garrison. The team is undergoing training on mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) awareness and ground signs before they commence work”.
In a related development, the troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, have intercepted 14 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) which include 3 men, 3 women, 6 male children and 2 female children coming to Dikwa from Chingowa village.
“The IDPs were screened by the troops and the Civilian JTF at the area and then handed over to Dikwa IDP Coordinator for further screening, registration and rehabilitation. Sadly, an administrative patrol was ambushed an administrative patrol 12 kilometres to Gwoza. Unfortunately 3 soldiers and 13 other civilians were wounded. All of the wounded have been evacuated to 21 Brigade Medical Reception Station. They are all in stable condition and responding to treatment”.
In yet another related development, the Nigerian Army says some elements of boko haram terrorist group on 6 motorcycles attacked Kutuva village in which they killed 4 persons and abducted 4 women from the village, Nigerian Army says.
According to Colonel Sani Usman, the local vigilante in Kaya immediately mobilized to the village and trailed the terrorists up to their suspected hideout located somewhere south of Sabon Garin Bale.
“The vigilante did their best by engaging the terrorists; unfortunately they escaped into the bush. But the courageous vigilantes destroyed the terrorist’s camp and recovered all hoisted boko haram terrorists’ flags, 3 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, 2 AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.
The vigilantes also rescued an 11 year old girl who stated that she was abducted by the terrorists from Batha village. Sadly however, the vigilante could not trace the terrorists or the abducted women”.
The Army spokesman however disclosed that effort is on going to trace and rescue the abducted women.
In a related development, a team of local vigilante in Damboa led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of Damboa town while on patrol.
“During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they were boko haram terrorists group members that were compelled to join the insurgency against their will and that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military. They attributed their decision to give up their nefarious activities because continued military onslaught and that life has become hard and unbearable for the terrorists generally.
Further screening has confirmed 17 of them as hardened boko haram terrorists trying to escape and infiltrate the society”.
Similarly, a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and 3 Civilian JTF, while on clearance patrol, intercepted a Golf car with registration number BX 508 RBC, suspected to be carrying suppliers of logistics such as spare parts and Improvised Explosives making Devices materials to boko haram terrorists along Kayamla general area Tuesday morning.
“The suspected suppliers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on sighting the patrol team. The vehicle and its contents have been recovered to nearby military location”.