The Nigerian Military has rescued 1890 persons held captives by the Boko Haram Sect at various locations within the last two weeks.
This is in a bid by the military to wipe out insurgency attacks in the Northeast by the terrorist group.
Those rescued include 800 Nigerians that crossed to Cameroon and brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of the 21 Brigade on Thursday.
Troops of the 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.
In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, it said, “troops of the 7 Division Garrison, in joint operations with 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and Armed Forces Special Forces at Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja, and Marya in Dikwa and Mafa Local Government Areas rescued 350 people including 5 Cameroonian girls that were held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists in those areas”.
In a similar operation, troops of the 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of the 112 Task Force Battalion, and Armed Forces Special Forces on February 17, 2016, conducted clearance operations in Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas in which they rescued 195 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.
On February 23, 2016, troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with troops of MNJTF in Kumshe general area, 250 persons were rescued, mainly women and children held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists and 800 refugees were brought back from Cameroon, also same day, troops of the 7 Division rescued 150 persons at Kodo.
Troops of the 21 Brigade had on Friday intercepted over 3,000 Nigerians crossing from Wambatche, Liman and Kodo Fata villages in Cameroon into Nigeria. The refugees have been moved to Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.
The 25 Task Force Brigade on Friday, in Galmasku, Muli, Chiralia, Maisani, Talala, Ajigin, Shetimalau, 1 and 2, Dalomi also rescued 250 civilians held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists.