The Nigerian army with support of the Civilian Joint Task Force in its Operation Lafiya Dole has rescued 148 people kept as hostages by Boko Haram terrorists.
In a statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu who is the deputy director, public relations on Monday, June 4, it was reported that the rescue operation was carried out in Modu Kinetic, a remote village in Bama local government area of Borno state.
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Fifteen men, 58 women and 75 children were set free and handed over to officials of Bama Internally Displaced Persons.
Read the statement below:
Troops of 21 Brigade supported by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole to conduct counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in the northeast have rescued 148 civilians held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in Modu Kinetic, a remote village in Bama local government area of Borno state.
The troops rescued the hostages during an extensive clearance operation on Sunday, June 3, 2018, to rid the general area of Bama, Modu Kimeri and Gulumba Gana of fleeing elements of Boko Haram terrorists who had escaped from the ongoing troops' onslaught in the Lake Chad Islands and fringes of the northern borders of Borno state.
The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 Women and 75 Children revealed during a joint profiling and interrogations by troops of operation Lafiya Dole and other security agencies, that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves. Two pregnant teenage girls are among the rescued persons. The rescued persons further disclosed that the men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labour while in the captivity of the terrorists. They will be promptly handed over to officials of Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp for welfare and administration.
The troops have also successfully cleared adjoining villages including China, Sabon Gari-1, Sabon Gari-2, Sabon Gari-3 and Sabon Gari-4 villages. Other areas cleared by troops along the axis of operation are Nguzoduwa, Falla, Bulangala, Botori and Bula Matawa villages.
Additionally, troops recovered 22 Dane Guns, one tool box used for fabricating local fire arms, four Boko Haram flags, a motorcycle and one Bow and 20 Arrows. The gallant troops remain resilient and are carrying out further exploitation.
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Meanwhile, France on Thursday, May 10, signed a 500,000 euros agreement with two humanitarian organisations to support humanitarian aid in Borno state.
Guillaume de Kerdrel, first counsellor of the French Embassy in Abuja, signed the agreement with Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) and Alima, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that PUI and Alima are both active in providing aid in the north-east region of Nigeria.
Ambassador Guillaume indicated that the money would be dedicated strictly to fund two projects in the region.
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