COVID-19: DHQ says captured Boko Haram insurgents are given face masks
- The defence headquarters has disclosed that it takes steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among captured Boko Haram members
- The spokesperson for the defence headquarters, General John Enenche, made the statement in Abuja
- Enenche stated that captured insurgents are quarantined in line with COVID-19 preventive measures
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The defence headquarters has disclosed that it takes steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among captured Boko Haram members.
The spokesperson for the defence headquarters, General John Enenche, said captured insurgents are provided with face masks in addition to ensuring they quarantined, The Cable reports.
Enenche said soldiers at the frontline are also mandated to observe physical distancing, in addition to wearing personal protective equipment.
“The moment they (Boko Haram members) are captured, they are quarantined and given face masks while observing social distancing too," he said.
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He said COVID-19 has changed the way insurgents who are captured or surrender are treated.
Meanwhile, the ongoing onslaught against insurgency on Sunday, May 17, recorded a groundbreaking boost as 20 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists were successfully neutralised during a fierce operation near Baga community of Borno state.
A statement by the defence media operation signed by its coordinator, Major General John Enenche, disclosed that the operation was carried out by the troops of 130 Battalion with the support of Army Super Camp Baga.
The encounter saw men of the Nigerian Army cruised to a comfortable victory in style with a score of the terrorists who were heading to attack villages surrounding Baga killed.
Nigerian Army named items recovered as six AK 47 rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 hand grenades.
In another report, Nigerian troops of 212 Bn, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday, May 17, successfully repelled an attack by Boko Haram/ISWAP elements and killed several terrorists at Gajigana in Nganzai LGA of Borno state.
This was revealed in a statement on Monday, May 18, by Major General John Enenche, the coordinator Defence Media Operations (DMO) Defence Headquarters.
According to the statement, the unit had received credible intelligence report on terrorist convergence and advancement to attack the troops’ location at Gajigana from Goni Usmanti village.
The Air Task Force scrambled it's Attack Aircraft and Helicopter Gunships in response to the terrorists attack ground troops and to provide close air support.
Consequently, the soldiers engaged the terrorists in exchange of fire killing several in the process.
The troops also destroyed one (1) gun truck and two (2) abandoned gun trucks at Mitturu Village. Additionally, arms and ammunition including; 2 AK-47 rifles, 3 magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62-millimeter special ammunition, two 36 hand grenades, and one LG3 bomb were recovered.
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