The Nigerian Army on Monday enumerated the success of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State resulting to release of 91 hostages from terrorists’ camps in the State.
The Army in a statement by its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, stated that the freed hostages were 51 children, 42 women and 2 men, who the terrorists used as labourers in their camps, according to,
The statement explained, the feat was pulled off by troops of 112 Task Force Battalion and 22 Brigade in collaboration with members of Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilante group on Saturday, June 22, 2019, when they conducted a robust clearance operation to Kobe and Boboshe villages.
The statement read in full, “In continuation of the ongoing clearance operations tagged “Halaka Dodo” within Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, the troops of 112 Task Force Battalion and 22 Brigade in collaboration with members of Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilante group had on Saturday 22 June 2019 conducted a robust clearance operation to Kobe and Boboshe villages respectively.
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It added that “the troops discovered newly established camps at Dubula village with some bicycles and motorcycle tracks. The camp was destroyed and one of the terrorists was neutralised while trying to escape.
Items recovered include, two terrorists’ flags, two copies of Quran, One Generator Set and two bicycles. Additionally, 13 women and 26 children were rescued during the operation. “24 out of the rescued children were administered with polio vaccines by Nigerian Army Regimental Medical Officers
In line with the Chief of Army Staff directive on the collaboration between the Nigerian Army and National Primary Health Care Development Agency to reach out to areas not captured in the polio vaccination exercise.
“Similarly, the Acting Commanding Officer of 202 Battalion in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, Vigilante and Hunters group conducted a robust offensive clearance operation to Tafana 1 and Tafana 2 villages.
It stated that the troops came in contact with some terrorists who fled their camps on sighting the dogged troops in Mines Resistance Anti Patrol vehicles; the troops also neutralised the fleeing terrorists. During the operation, 2 men, 29 women and 25 children were also rescued.
Two boxes filled with Quraan, two terrorists’ flags, five bicycles, five SIM cards of different networks and different clothing materials were also recovered.
Highlighting that, “in all the operations and victims so far rescued, it observed that due to the imminent rainy season, farmers are preparing for the farming season, while the terrorists are also using women and children as farm slaves (labourers) in their farmlands to meet up with daily feeding challenges caused by food drought in the forest, due to the ferocious operations of Nigerian Army troops.
The troops have been directed by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai to up elevate their patriotism and continue to dominate the battlespace with aggressive decisive clearance operations from all flanks to ensure the looming defeat of terrorists of whatever shades in North East Zone.
The Chief of Army Staff through Brigadier-General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, “commended the entire indefatigable troops of the Division for the latest exploits and exemplary tempo of the operation and conveyed to them the assurances of Chief of Army Staff’s unrelenting support.”