Troops rescue 29 women, 25 children in Borno

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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in collaboration with Local Vigilantes said they have rescued 29 women and 25 children from the clutches of Boko Haram in a village in Borno State.

Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sagir Musa in a statement explained that the rescue followed a clearance operation carried out by troops of 22 Brigade, Operation Lafiya Dole at Ma’allasuwa and Yaga-Munye Villages in Borno State.

The Statement added that some group of Boko Haram terrorists abandoned their camp at Zari-Kasake and Jumachere villages in Damasak in Mobbar Local Government area of Borno State.

In another development, a mobile police sergeant, Markus John has been nabbed by security at the Njimtilo Check-point along Damaturu-Maiduguri road in possession of illegal ammunition.

The Statement reads: “Troops of 22 Brigade, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in collaboration with local vigilantes have continued moving into the hinterland on clearance operation to destroy Boko Haram terrorists. Consequently, on the 11th of May 2019, troops effectively cleared Ma’allasuwa and Yaga – Munye villages in Borno State. No encounter with Boko Haram terrorists was made as they run away before troops’ arrival leaving behind 54 suspected kidnapped victims. Out of the number, 29 are grown up women and 25 are children of various ages and sex. They have all been rescued.

“Similarly, at Zari – Kasake and Jumachere villages in Damasak general area of Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State, troops of 145 Battalion Operation LAFIYA DOLE on clearance operation discovered and destroyed two Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics vehicles. Deserted BHTs make up shift accommodation was also destroyed.

“Additionally, Mopol Sergeant Markus John – Personal Number – PNo 383106 was arrested at Njimtilo check point along Maiduguri – Damaturu road in possession of 2 magazines, 146 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition and one round of Anti-Aircraft Gun concealed in his bag while on transit to Lagos State.

“Recall that on the 10th of May 2019, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with the Nigerian Police, arrested 14NA7113208 Private Paul Ojochegbe and 12NA672586 Lance Corporal Oko Eke in possession of one disassembled AK 47 Rifle at the same N’jimtilo check point.

“Nigerian Army will remain resolute in ending terrorism and other forms of insecurities across the country, and reiterate its appeal to the public to continue to provide useful information about suspicious movement of terrorists/criminals wherever they are seen hibernating in Nigeria,” the statement reads.

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