The efforts by the army in clearing and mopping up the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists yielded many results as troops rescued 1890 persons held captives by the terrorists at various locations within the last two weeks.
According to a statement by army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, those rescued include 800 Nigerians refugees that crossed to Cameroon that were brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of 21 Brigade on Thursday, February 25.
Col Usman said troops of 121 Task Force conducted joint patrols with Cameroonian forces at Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde up to Ngoshe in which they rescued 17 women and 28 children while 112 Batalion rescued 350 people including 5 Cameroonian girls that were held hostages by the Boko Haram terrists in those areas,” the statement read in parts.
“On 23rd February 2016, troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with troops of MNJTF on clearance operations at Kumshe general area, rescued 250 and persons, mainly women and children held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists and brought back 800 refugees from Cameroon. On 23rd February 2016, troops of 7 Division rescued 150 persons at Kodo.”
He added that troops of 21 Brigade intercepted over 3,000 Nigerian refugees crossing from Wambatche, Liman and Kodo Fata villages in Cameroon into Nigeria. The refugees have been moved to Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.
Also, in a clearance operations, troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, at Galmasku, Muli, Chiralia, Maisani, Talala, Ajigin, Shetimalau, 1 and 2 and Dalomi rescued 250 civilians held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists, the army statement said.