Spokesperson of Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman has announced that troops waging war against Boko Haram in the North-East, have killed Kill 167 terrorists, and rescued 350 hostages.
Usman said “In their efforts, troops of 7 Division Garrison, 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and elements of Armed Forces Special Forces conducted a joint fighting patrol at suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclaves in Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja and Marya towns in Mafa and Dikwa Local Governments Areas.”
Adding that “In the encounter, five Boko Haram terrorists were killed, an AK-47 rifle, 10 motorcycles and one logistic truck belonging to the terrorists were recovered. The troops also rescued 350 people held hostages by the terrorists. Among those rescued were five girls abducted from Cameroon.
“Yesterday, one of the patrol teams of 254 Task Force Battalion carried out a clearance operation at Kubwa village, Borno State, in which they arrested two suspected Boko Haram terrorists hiding among the community.”
“Another patrol team of the same unit carried out clearance operation at Yakshari village, off Wajiroko along Ajigin-Talala road and proceeded to Korode. It was here also that some suspected Boko Haram elements, on sighting the troops, ran and abandoned six motorcycles and beans looted from the inhabitants of the area. The same team also recovered 21 motorcycles and Boko Haram terrorists’ flag at Korode abandoned by the fleeing terrorists.
“Similarly, a civilian vehicle encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the area which badly affected it. The troops also discovered another IED at Mauvi village which was safely detonated,” Usman said.
The Nigerian Army recently handed over 12 top officers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.
This is following an order by the Chief of Army Staff- Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai directing all officers of the Nigerian Army to declare their assets with immediate effect.