Nigerian troops (pictured above) have been continuously fighting Boko Haram militants in Northern Nigeria. Throughout the year, the Nigerian military has been attacking Boko Haram strongholds in the Northern regions of Nigeria. While there has not yet been claims of the schoolgirls being rescued, the Nigerian military has said they have rescued other captives throughout the year.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AA) - Nigerian troops have rescued at least 178 hostages from Boko Haram following a military operation over the weekend that dismantled a number of the group's camps in northeastern Borno State, according to an army spokesman. Tukur Gusau, a spokesman for the Nigerian Army's Seventh Division, said the offensive - which took place along the Aulari-in-Bama axis - had succeeded in clearing Boko Haram camps in Fadan, Shuwarin, Wulari, Ngoro Dauye, Jidori, Alikashiri, Kalzamari-Shuwa and Kalzamari-Kanuri, in addition to other areas. "During the offensive, 178 people held captive by the terrorists were rescued, including 101 children and 67 women," Gusau said in a statement issued late Sunday. He added that one Boko Haram commander had been "captured alive" - along with a number of other group members - and was currently "undergoing investigation."
Deputy Director of Army Public Relations Col. Tukur Gusau made the statement on Thursday in Maiduguri. "Troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army conducted offensive operation in Konduga local government area Borno on Wednesday. "Similarly, we also rescued 59 civilians in captivity of the terrorists. Gusau said that the rescued persons would be handed over to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for rehabilitation.
Some captives told The Associated Press they were in the clutches of the Islamic extremists for as long as a year. "I was waiting for death ... they often threatened to kill us," said Yagana Kyari, a woman in her 20s who said she had been kidnapped from her village of Kawuri and taken to a militant camp in Walimberi, about 25 miles southeast of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and the birthplace of Boko Haram.
According to Nigeria's military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade, he said a new regional force tasked with fighting the jihadists should go into action very soon, though he did not specify when for tactical reasons. Maj. Gen Olukolade, the Nigeria military spokesman said the 8,700-strong Multi-National Joint Task Force, which will replace the regional offensive, is expected to be more efficient than the current alliance when it takes over the battle against a six-year insurgency that has killed some 15,000 people.
LAGOS, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian army on Friday claimed to have recaptured Dikwa town in restive northeastern Borno state, once held by suspected Boko Haram militants. Spokesperson for the Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said Alpha Jet aircraft destroyed three points of the militants fortified with vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft guns. The air strike paved way for the troops to move in and retake the town with less resistance, he said, adding that search operations are ongoing. The Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed thousands of lives, kidnapped hundreds of people and displaced close to half a million in the northeastern part of Nigeria, one of the country's poorest regions.
A statement issued yesterday by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the feat was achieved by a team of Nigerian Army Special Forces, Explosives Ordinance Devices with support from the Nigeria Police and the civilian JTF. "Commuters are encouraged to use the road as adequate security is being provided. "The Nigerian Army wishes to further enjoin the public to be more security-conscious and report any suspicious persons and movements to the security agents.
Mr. Buratai said this in Damaturu at a Sallah party organised for soldiers serving in the state. The COAS said he was also determined to ensure that army would continue to promote the unity of the country. "The visit of the COAS to Yobe to meet soldiers in the frontline state on the very day he assumed office, indicates a new dawn in the fight against insurgency."
Nigerian troops on the battlefront with Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east would not celebrate this year's Eid-el Fitri festivities alone as they are being joined by the acting Chief of army Staff, Major Gen Tukur Buratai. Gen Buratai who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, formally took over from his predecessor, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah, at a brief handover ceremony held in the Army Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday, proceeded to Damaturu in Yobe State, where he would spend the holiday with the troops. Before them, he met with President at the Presidential Villa, the first since his appointment, from where he announced his decision to join the troops at the battlefront. It is the first time that a top brass in any of the three arms of the Nigerian military - Army, Navy and the Air Force - will spare the time to keep company with soldiers at the battlefront during any festivities so as to boost their morale.
No one has taken responsibility for the attacks but they bore the hallmarks of Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has been waging a six-year insurgency in Africa's largest oil producer. The suspect was picked up at a checkpoint in the northeast city of Gombe, on the fringes of Boko Haram's northeast stronghold, it added. The Jos blast claimed 44 lives while 25 people were confirmed dead in the Zaria attack.
The Nigerian Military High Command has responded to the Amnesty International(AI) report which accused Nigerian troops of committing human rights offences while prosecuting the war against Boko Haram in Borno State. Nigeria Army's Administration Chief, Major-General Adamu Baba Abubakar, who gave the force's position when he appeared before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja, declared that the Nigerian Army has nothing to hide in respect of the reports, saying, as a creation of the Constitution, it will always abide by the law and respect the rights of Nigerians.
The recovery followed a series of attacks in which a total of six suicide bombers had detonated themselves around the garage killing scores of people while some people were also wounded. Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information who revealed this in a statement on Saturday said the jeep along with two Hilux vehicles being used by terrorists were destroyed in the course of pursuit and encounter with a group of terrorists trying to escape after simultaneous attacks on targets in the communities Thursday and Friday.