No fewer than 11, 595 Boko Haram captives have been rescued within a space of one month, the Nigeria Army has revealed.
Army spokesman, Sani Usman, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said some of the captives were rescued during operations carried out by the troops.
He revealed that just as some of them were rescued from their operations in northeastern Nigeria, others were received from Cameroon.
The statement read, “In continuation of the clearance and mopping up operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in various parts of the northeast geo-political region, troops have rescued no fewer than 11,595 persons held hostage by the terrorists within the last one month.
“Most of these persons were rescued at various areas and towns where remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists were hibernating before the clearance operations by various formations and units in the theatre, while some were received from the neighbouring Cameroon.”
In a breakdown of how the captives were rescued, Usman said that on 1st March, 2016, troops of 155 Task Force Battalion received 10,000 refugees from the Republic of Cameroon at Banki and Bama axis.
According to him, two days later, Army Headquarters Special Forces (AHQ SF) Battalion also rescued 63 persons held captives by terrorists at Maleri. The same unit on 5th March 2016 rescued 779 persons at Fotokol general area, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
“Within the first week of March 2016, the 254 Task Force Battalion also rescued 45 persons at Kuaguru, while 143 Battalion similarly rescued 27 persons at Gadayamo,15 at Galadadani Dam in Madagali and 10 persons from Disa village. On 11th March 2016 troops of 231 Battalion and Armed Forces Strike Force (AFSF) also rescued 7sevenpersons held captives by Boko Haram terrorists at Betso village; five of whom were elderly women and two young girls.
“Similarly 117 Task Force Battalion on 15th March 2016, received 14 refugees from Sahuda a border town with Cameroon. The Battalion equally rescued 59 at Bitta general area on 19th March 2016.
“In similar vein, troops of 22 Brigade in conjunction with Army Headquarters Strike Group (AHQ SG) rescued 309 hostages from Kala Balge general area on 23rd of March 2016. While on 30th March 2016 troops of 25 Task Force Brigade rescued 45 men, 85 women and 137 children from the Boko Haram terrorists at, Zahdra and Weige villages,” he added.
He revealed that the total number of persons rescued by the troops during the ongoing clearance operations is 11,595 from February 26th, 2016 to date.
“The gallant troops in the course of these clearance operations would continue to place high premium on respect for human right and dignity, hence the rescue operations,” Usman said.