Nigerian Troops from Operation Lafiya Dole conducting clearance operations in Borno State has rescued 28 persons comprising 2 men, 9 women and 17 children of which there were 8 males and 9 females same at Bama Local Government Area, Borno State.
Confirming the report acting Director Army Public Relations Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said the rescued persons claimed to have escaped from Bula Musa village. “They have been taken to Bama town for screening, profiling and possible hand over to emergency management and humanitarian agencies” Usman said.
The Army spokesman added that the troops deployed at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Bama also intercepted 23 persons comprising a man, 5 women and 17 children (10 males and 7 females), with 2 horses and 3 donkeys who also claimed to escape from Boko Haram terrorists in Bula Musa general area.
Usman said the patrol team also had contact with elements of terrorists at Mopol and Bocos general area last Sunday. “During the encounter, a Boko Haram terrorist was killed and the team recovered 5 bicycles, wheel barrow containing sack of foodstuffs and a Tecno mobile telephone” Usman said.
He said the troops recorded influx of 37 IDPs comprising 2 men, 12 women, 12 boys and 11 girls from Gulumba Gana village which is about 45 kilometres astride Gulumba-Kumshe road axis, Bama Local Government Area. “They were screened by the troops and the Civilian JTF who later handed them over to the Dikwa IDPs camp management for further registration and rehabilitation” he said.
The Army spokesman also added that troops deployed at Nigeria-Cameroon border in conjunction with Civilian JTF also arrested two escaping Boko Haram terrorists named Mohammed Mundilga and Ahmed Ali. “The terrorists who hailed from Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area, on preliminary investigation confessed that they were Boko Haram fighters and added that they sneaked into Gamboru from Abbaganaram village, Marte Local Government Area after getting tired of staying in the bush. They attempted to disguise and pass on as IDPs but ran out of luck as they were found out. Both of them have been handed over to the Joint Investigation centre for further interrogation” Usman added.
He also confirmed that troops located in Monguno received information that suspected Boko Haram terrorists were extorting money and other valuables from residents of Zankari village. “They responded immediately and had encounter with the terrorists in which 2 of them were killed while one of them sustained gunshot wounds. The troops recovered 1 AK-45 rifle and 3 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition”.