The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, January 2, announced a major victory in the fight against Boko Haram and Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa’s Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the north eastern part of the country.
The Army said an offensive against the terrorists has resulted in many of them killed, some captured as well as the rescue of 165 women and children in Borno state.
Col Aminu Iliyasu, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army operations, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja adding that the feats were recorded in collaboration with troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJT).
Iliyasu said the troops of Nigerian Army Super Camp 7 deployed at Bama area of the state killed one terrorist, captured one alive and rescued eight women and six children at Tafana 1, 2 and 3 villages in Bama on December 27, 2019.
According to him, the rescued children were immediately administered with polio vaccines, giving further details, he said the soldiers captured Boko Haram flags, recovered 16 arrows and 32 refilled rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition during the encounter.
The senior Army officer also said that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Super Camp 2 in Damboa, arrested a high profile Boko Haram informant and logistics supplier, whose name was given as Ibrahim Buba.
Two other suspected suspected to be his couriers were also arrested at Shuwari village in Damboa district.
Again, Iliyasu disclosed that troops of the 242 Battalion in Monguno, arrested suspected terrorists’ logistics suppliers, Abubakar Aisami and Modu Baba with food stuff and drugs concealed in a bag of smashed corn powder for delivery to the terrorists.
Furthermore, the Army said its troops of Sector 3 Mobile Team, working with elements of Sector 2 Multi National Joint task Force, recovered and destroyed 15 vehicles belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists in northern Borno.
In this operation, the troops, he said, arrested 75 suspected Boko Haram agents and rescued 147 civilians comprising 79 males and 68 females who had been under their captivity.
While the victims were conveyed to a humanitarian facility in Monguno and thereafter handed over to officials of Borno state emergency management agency, the children among them were administered with polio vaccine.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Zamfara, Iliyasu stated that the troops of 8 Division killed bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle loaded with 13 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and rustled animals.
Also of significant note, troops of 1 Division Garrison on 25 December 2019, during security patrols, arrested one Mr Moses Ali with a locally made gun loaded with nine rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition at Ningon Gari in Sanga local government area of Kaduna state.
“The same gallant troops arrested seven suspects during a cordon and search operations conducted at 13 settlements of Kuyeri Mountains along Jere – Kagarko road in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna state,” he said.