The Federal Government yesterday, said a total of 30,000 hostage victims, mostly women and children had been rescued from the captivity of Boko Haram. Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), made the disclosure at a town hall meeting in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
This came as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, paraded 26 suspected Boko Haram fighters, who had chosen the path of surrender as a way out of the violent tendencies.
While announcing the successful rescue operation of the hostages, the Minister maintained that the renewed vigour so far brought into the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, had resulted in the decimation of the ranks of the suspected terrorists, whose capacity have also been decimated.
According to Dan-Ali:”I wish to state that the Ministry of Defence and indeed the Armed Forces of Nigeria have recorded remarkable success during the period under review, particularly in the area of degrading the Boko Haram Terrorists in the North-East. Also, there have been significant reduction in insecurity and criminalities in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.
The political commitment and support of President Muhammadu Buhari gave boost to the key successes recorded by the Military against insurgency and insecurity in the country. “Our gallant troops of the Armed Forces have successfully degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. Currently, no Nigerian territory is under the control of the Boko Haram Terrorists. So far, we have freed over 30, 000 persons mainly women and children held hostage by the terrorists.
“The recent changes in the leadership of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole and that of 7 Division Nigerian Army gave new direction and vigour to the operations in the North-East. Also, the regular visits to the operations Theatre by the Honourable Minister of Defence and the Service Chiefs have boosted the morale of the fighting troops and success of the operation as a whole.
“It is pertinent to state that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the on-going Operation Deep Punch II have inflicted heavy casualties on the Boko Haram Terrorists and routed them from their various hideouts in Sambisa forest. The troops of Nigerian Army recently destroyed the technical camp of the Boko Haram Terrorists where a number of weapons and ammunitions as well as bomb making equipment were recovered.”
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