Scores of wounded terrorists who escaped from various camps under the fire of security forces have been captured in the fringes of Lake Chad.
According to the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the captured terrorists some of whom were fatally wounded are already making useful statements to interrogators of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
Olukolade, in a statement yesterday, further disclosed that other terrorists were also captured by troops in locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo.
He said the suspects confessed that some of the camps have been disbanded following the directive of their clerics who declared that the operation of the sect had come to an end as the mission could no longer be sustained.
The defence spokesman added that the terrorists who are giving useful information as to the locations of their remnant forces, were full of apologies and pleas for their lives to be spared, promising to cooperate.
“They confirmed that starvation was a major problem in addition to ceaseless bombardments on the camp locations even when they kept relocating.
“They also confirmed that several members of the group have been wounded and no treatment was forthcoming. Troops have continued their assault on other locations across the states covered by the state of emergency,” Olukolade said.
He warned members of the public against visiting (for sight seeing) the dislodged camps of the insurgents in some fringe communities and forests such as Sambisa and others, because operations are still ongoing.
He advised that “the general area still remains a theatre and movement remains restricted as the environment has to be cleared for safety of citizens.”
And in order to reinforce the capacity of the joint task force in taming the rampage of the insurgents, the federal government has disclosed that several strategies have been mapped out to ensure effective air border patrol and equipment including aircraft which are being appropriately deployed in the North-eastern part of the country to checkmate the infiltration of illegal aliens and terrorists, especially foreign elements of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.Read more ›