Military rescues 84, calls on Boko Haram members to surrender

army rescue - Military rescues 84, calls on Boko Haram members to surrender
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The Nigerian Army says it has rescued 84 people held hostage by Boko Haram at Camp Zairo during an operation in the area.

It also said it has recovered heavy military weapons from the terrorists in the same area.

Thetare Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas disclosed this to journalaists in Maiduguri, Borno state.

He said the rescued persons have been handed over to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Nicholas said some of the women rescued were found to be pregnant while the children among them looked malnourished.

He said the 84 persons were flown by the Air Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole to Maiduguri, the state capital after being freed from the heavily guarded camp.

Major General Rogers Nicholas, who handed the victims over to SEMA, said most of them are tasting freedom for the first time in about three years after their abduction.

Meanwhile,26 Boko Haram members surrendered to the military authorities in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State earlier in the week.

The ‘repentant’ terrorists were paraded in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital after they were quizzed by the military.

They were said to have surrendered last week and turned over their arms and ammunition including RPGs, after which they were taken to Maiduguri for deradicalizsation.

Among those that surrendered after being rescued by the military was Mrs. Rabi Abu-Yasir, wife of the Boko Haram’s chief physician.

She said that she was rescued on Friday after the troops dislodged the insurgents’ enclaves in Sambisa Forest.

Recounting her ordeal, Rabi said that unlike her peers, she enjoyed preferential treatment and privileges in view of her position as a wife to the physician.

She said: “My husband, Abu-Yasir, is Shekau’s physician, he also treat patients and conduct surgical operation.

“My type of food and other consumables are better from what they gave out to other women and children in the camps.

“We suffered in their hands and they warned us that Nigerian troops will kill anybody who surrenders to them.

“They always told us to stay with them and encouraged us not to submit to the troops.

“The military are taking care of us, as against the wrong notion the insurgents made us to believe,” she said.

Rabi lauded the military for the rescue operation and called on the abducted persons still in the bush to come out and surrender to the troops.

More than 2300 fighters have surrendered in the last 13 months following intensive military action and seizure of the Sambisa forest, the main enclave of the insurgents.

More than 25,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since 2009 and at least 2.4 million Nigerians displaced in the northeast states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno.

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