Nigerian troops in the Northeast and the Multinational Joint Task Force have continued to record successes in flushing out remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents from the Sambisa forest and rescuing hostages.
This was made known by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman in a press release on Wednesday, 1 June, 2016.
He said that on Monday, 30 May, 2016, troops rescued 79 Boko Haram hostages comprising of 12 men, 24 women, 31 children and 12 infants, all of whom are undergoing preliminary investigation and screening to determine their true status before they are moved to the Internally Displaced Persons Camps for rehabilitation.
Col. Usman added that troops of the 28 Task Force Brigade have cleared Bulajani, Mulgwo and Muotu Villages of remnants of Boko Haram elements in efforts to keep the Bitta-Damboa road open and secure to commuters. He said one soldier was wounded during an encounter in Moutu while 5 members of the Boko Haram were killed and a few others escaped with bullet wounds.
In another encounter, men of the 25 Task Force Brigade rescued 157 persons in Gombori Village, comprising 19 men, 47 women and 91 Children, all of whom are now undergoing scrutiny.
The statement added that one 28-year-old Musa Aman, suspected to be a spy for the terrorists was arrested around the Garrison Headquarters in Maiduguri metropolis with preliminary investigations revealing that he hails from Maradhi village in Niger Republic. He has since been handed over to the Joint Interrogation committee after he confessed to be working alongside many other spies in Maiduguri.
In a related development, 77 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to troops of the 122 Task Force Battalion and have been moved to Yamteke by a combined team of the 26 Task Force Brigade for preliminary investigation and screening.
Similarly, a deserter soldier, Corporal Musa Titimam, 03NA/53/3098, of 117 Task Force Battalion, who absconded from duty while on Operation Crackdown has been arrested. The soldier was also allegedly involved in a fracas with one Salisu Ngatha, that led to the death of the civilian. He has been moved to the Brigade headquarters for proper investigation and other disciplinary measures.
Col. Sani Usman called on the public especially in Borno State to remain security conscious and to cooperate with the security agencies as the troops are always ready to protect them.