Army rescues 148 from Boko Haram in Borno
Troops of 21 Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 148 captives from Boko Haram insurgents during a raid in Borno State.
The exercise, which lasted for two hours, was yesterday supported by the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) for tactical manoeuvres.
Deputy Director, Public Relations of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement in Maiduguri, said: “This rescue operation was to rid the general area of Bama, Modu Kimeri and Gulumba Gana of fleeing insurgents.”
He added that the fleeing terrorists had evaded ongoing troops’ onslaughts on Lake Chad islands and fringes of northern border areas of the state.
According to him, the rescued captives comprise 15 men, 58 women, and 75 children.
He said the insurgents had sexually violated the females, turning them to sex slaves.
Nwachukwu continued: “Two pregnant teenage girls are among the rescued persons. The affected people further disclosed that the men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labour while in captivity of the terrorists.
“They will be promptly handed over to officials of Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp for welfare and administration.”
He named other settlements that were successfully cleared to include China and Sabon Gari 1, 2, 3 and 4 villages.
Other freed communities, according to him, were Nguzoduwa, Falla, Bulangala, Botori, and Bula Matawa.
He added that the troops recovered 22 Dane guns, a tools’ box, four Boko Haram flags, a motorcycle and a bow with 20 arrows.