According to a statement by the defence headquarters, the freed hostages, some of whom are so weak are being given medical attention while others are also receiving necessary care pending the arrival and activities of aid agencies.
A statement to this effect from defence headquarters reads, "A number of women, the elderly and children who were locked up by fleeing terrorists in Gwoza have been freed by troops as cordon and search along with mopping up operations continue in the town. "The freed hostages some of whom are so weak are being given medical attention while others are also receiving necessary care pending the arrival and activities of aid agencies.
Shortly after the military hierarchy declared that they could not guarantee safety of events of the election during the earlier scheduled 2015 general elections for February, troops began to dislodge different terrorist hideouts from their strongholds. One of the feat of the troops within the six weeks that got Nigerians elated was the takeover of Gwoza, a community which the insurgents have already declared their caliphate and renamed 'darul hikima'.
A security source who did not want his name in print said on Sunday that fighter jets were sent to help them to defeat the hoodlums. Abubakar alleged that it was a plan by the ruling party to scuttle the results of the Presidential and National Assembly election which the APC claimed it was already winning with the results that were so far released across the state.
Nigerian Troops Purge Boko Haram Takfiri Terrorists From Gwoza
Ahmed Idris and producer Ali Mustafa were detained in their hotel room after returning from covering a story about the Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram in Borno State. "Al Jazeera is dismayed that the military have obstructed Al Jazeera from reporting on the ground ... The continued detention of our staff without any reason is an attack on free media," the spokesperson said.
The strategic Borno town, the terrorists' headquarter, was reclaimed March 27, Friday , after the brilliant operation by the Nigerian troops. The terrorists fleeing to the border area will be tackled by the troops of the joint task force.
Yesterday (Mar 25), Mike Omeri, the director general of the National Orientation Agency claimed that Islamist movement Boko Haram is abducting Nigerians and using them as shields, but was not able to say how many people are actually being used. Duddridge added: "The UK stands with Nigeria and its people at this difficult time, and will continue to support the region in countering the threat posed by Boko Haram."
The town had been one of their major access to the Mandara mountains and supply route out of the country and link towards Cameroon. In another development, the mission of two female suicide bombers was, on Monday, aborted by troops in Aouno, also in Borno State.
Kaduna state governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, a former national security advisor Owoye Azazi and four other people were killed when a chopper operated by the navy went down in the south of the country on Saturday on route to the oil hub of Port Harcourt.
In recent weeks, Nigerian troops continued to consolidate on the massive victories recorded over the dreaded militant sect, attracting praise from international quarters and a large section of Nigeria. The APC however has over time thrown jabs at the efforts of the military in attempting to reclaim Nigerian territory under the control of the Islamist sect, with certain observers noting that it seemed the party hierarchy was favourably disposed towards the increase of insurgency in the country.
The war against Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian troops in the North-east has recorded some success in recent times, thanks to the new found vigour by the armed forces. This is indeed a welcome development on the part of the troops who have put their lives on the line to secure other Nigerians and the territorial integrity of the country.