The Nigerian Army yesterday said it has rescued over 1000 hostages from Boko Haram terrorist’s hideouts in different parts of Borno State.
The Army said its troops of the 22 Brigade deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole rescued the hostages after operations were conducted with allies of Multinational Joint Task Force.
The operation which the Army said began on the 28th April was still ongoing.
However the Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Texas Chuwku while making this statement did not clearly state the period in which these operations which lead to the rescue were carried out.
Attempts to reach the Army spokesman Brigadier-General Chuwku for comments about his statement proved unfruitful.
According to CNN, Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013. The rescue mission follows the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in March by Boko Haram from Dapchi, a town in Nigeria’s Yobe State.
The army Statement read: “The operation which was conducted in conjuction with allies of Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF rescued the hostages from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora Villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.”
“The hostages consisted mainly of women children as well as some young men who were forced to become Boko Haram fighters” no detail was given about their identity.
“Speaking with one of the rescued victims, Alhaji Gambo Gulumba from Amchaka village thanked the Nigerian military for showing them love and care.”
“The Nigerian Army wishes to remind the public of its resolve to root out Boko Haram and rescue all hostages”
“However, the rescued persons are being attended to in military medical facility.”
The group sparked global outrage after its militants seized 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok town in Borno state in 2014.
Some of those girls were freed last year following negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. CNN has not been able to confirm whether the remaining Chibok girls were among those freed in the latest operation.
Last month, the Nigerian government said a disagreement between members of the terror group had caused a breakdown in negotiation talks for the release of the remaining schoolgirls.