The troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 1890 people who were held by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that the captives were rescued at various locations of the North East in the past two weeks.
He said that the rescued included 800 Nigerians who crossed over to Banki, Cameroon and were brought back to the country by troops of the 21 Brigade on Thursday.
Usman said that the troops of the 121 Task Force rescued 45 persons comprising 17 women and 28 children during a joint operation with Cameroonian forces at ‘Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde up to Ngoshe.’
He said that 350 others including five Cameroonian girls were rescued in a joint operation by troops of 7 Division Garrison, 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.
He added that a similar rescue operation was carried out by the troops of 7 Division Garrison, their counterparts of 112 Task Force Battalion, and Armed Forces Special Forces on the 17th February 2016, at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas resulted in the rescue of 195 captives of the Boko Haram.
According to him, the troops of the 21 Brigade also intercepted 3,000 Nigerian refugees who were crossing from Wambatche, Liman and Kodo Fata villages in Cameroon into Nigeria.
He said that the soldiers had moved the refugees to the internally displaced persons camp at Bama on Friday.