The troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of Section 1 Operation Lafiya Dole and elements of Nigerian Army Super Camp 4 while conducting operation along Goni Gambomi, Kadamari, Melim, Gondori and Jantilu in Kaga LGA of Borno have rescued 15 persons who were displaced by Boko Haram insurgents.
A statement signed by the Army Operations Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu said among the rescued victims 8 were adult males, one adult female and 6 children.
According to the statement, preliminary investigation, the rescued persons spent 3 days wandering in the bush, trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.
Col. Iliyasu said they were promptly evacuated and the adult females and children were handed over to NYSC IDPs Camp, while the adult males were handed over to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade for profiling and subsequent integration into the IDPs camp in Borno state.
In the same vein, troops of 82 Div Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area Ngoshe, while conducting clearance operations in Ngoshe and Pulka general area in Gwoza LGA of the state also rescued 12 locals.
Among them were 2 female adults and 10 children and they were screened, documented and handed over to officials of the International Organization for Migrants at Pulka IDPs camp.
In a related development, Col. Iliyasu said that on Saturday, troops deployed at Njimtilo and Dalori in Kondiga LGA and Maiduguri Municipal Council of the state also conducted Operation Positive Identification at various checkpoints and crossing points.
“The operation was aimed at identifying and arresting fleeing Boko Haram criminals as well as their informants, sympathizers and logistics suppliers who are evidently finding the theatre more and more untenable.
The troops conducted thorough searches and screening of pedestrians and commuters moving in and out along Maiduguri-Damaturu– Bama road. Those suspected to have links with the criminal insurgents were further investigated at a military facility;
Similarly, troops while acting on information, arrested 9 male suspects in a hamlet in Mainok general area. Preliminary investigation indicates that suspects are Boko Haram criminals’ spies. Suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation,” Col. Iliyasu added.
In an unprecedented display of camaraderie, and cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin countries, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Olusegun Adeniyi, in company of Commander Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Abdulmalik Biu and the Commander Chadian Defence Forces Col. Bohkit Ali of Multinational Joint Task Force conducted a joint fighting patrol to Strong Response Area (RA) Gubio at about 12:00 noon on same Saturday. Iliyasu said.
According to him, on arrival at the troop’s location at RA Gubio, the 3 commanders took the turn to congratulate the troops on their recent exploits against criminal elements within their area of responsibility and also enjoined them to remain steadfast in the fight against the criminal insurgents.
However, Col. Animu Iliyasu stated that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has called on well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support the Nigerian Army with information to effectively tackle the myriad of the security challenges bedevilling the nation.