- About 778 family members of terrorists have been handed over to governors in the northern region
- The family members who were captured during a recent joint military operation were handed over to the governors for rehabilitation
- According to the Army, they were captured in Uttu community, Nasarawa state
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The Nigerian Army on Monday, August 31, handed over 778 family members of Boko Haram terrorists captured in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state to governors of 16 northern states for rehabilitation.
Maj.-Gen. Moundhey Ali, Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, handed over the refugees on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, at the command headquarters in Doma, Nasarawa state.
A joint military operation codenamed “Operation Nut Cracker” was recently carried out by the Army, Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Navy, the Nigeria Police Force as well as the Department of State Service which led to the capture of the terrorists’ family members from Uttu community in Toto LGA.
He explained that the operation was conducted to clear out terrorists and bandits camps in Ugya, Panda and Uttu forests and contiguous hill in Nasarawa state, as well as Zagana, Makpa, Agbuchi and Barada in Koton Large LGA, Kogi state.
According to the commander, the operation as directed by the Chief of Army Staff followed several complaints of killings, kidnapping for ransom, abduction for slavery and cattle rustling among others in the region.
Boko Haram terrorists in the North Central region were said to have established camps in Nasarawa and Kogi communities over the years, from where they unleash mayhem on victims along Okene-Lokoja, Lokoja-Abaji, and Toto-Umaisha roads, adding that they had made social and economic activities in the area almost non-existent.
Ali said the feat was a product of seamless cooperation and professional execution based on detailed preparations.
“I, therefore, present to you these captured 778 women and children, family members of Boko Haram terrorists that came from 17 states of the nation who have decided to terrorise this nation,” he said.
The commander listed their states of origin to include Niger, Kano, Kastina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kogi, Kaduna, Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Gombe, Kwara and Yobe states and FCT.
He added that the women were fully involved in the act of terrorism as they were responsible for indoctrinating new kidnap victims and also serve as bankers of the spoils of kidnapping and armed robbery acts of their husbands.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, revealed that he is critical of the Nigerian Army so that they can improve in their fight against insurgency.
He explained that his “occasional” critical comments were meant to encourage them to do more.
In another development, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) disclosed that troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke recorded a massive victory over terrorists in Nasarawa state.
The force disclosed that the soldiers recovered a lot of ammunition and explosives from 410 members of the Darul Salam after their hideout in the state was raided.
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