Nigeria Troops capture terrorists’ commander, kill four, rescue 212 hostages

The Nigerian Army said troops of 3 Battalion, 22
Brigade in conjunction with 22 Mobile Strike
Teams ( MSTs) and members of civilian joint task
force on Operation Lafiya Dole had captured a Boko
Haram terrorists ’ commander , killed four insurgents
and rescued 212 hostages .

A statement by Director of Army Public Relations,
Brig. Gen Sani Usman in Abuja said the troops were
able to clear the Boko Haram terrorists from their
hideouts at Kala , Jawara , Mada , Mika, Gakulba and
Kutilax ( Sanga ) in the northern fringes of Sambisa
forest and Kala Balge Local Government Area of
Borno State .

According to the army spokesman , the captured
terrorists ’ commander, Amman Judee , was the
“ Ameer ” of Chawa. He said the terrorists , at sighting
the approaching troops from their observation post
at Sanga, dashed into the adjoining Amchada forest .
“ Troops of 3 Battalion , 22 Brigade Nigerian Army ,
Sector 1 , Operation Lafiya Dole, in furtherance of the
ongoing clearance operations in conjunction with 22
Mobile Strike Team and some Civilian JTF, has
on Tuesday , 28 th November 2017 achieved a
remarkable feat .

“ The relentless troops pursued them further and
neutralized four Boko Haram terrorists after a
serious exchange of gun fire , captured one of their
commanders, the “ Ameer ” of Chawa, Amman Judee
alive and rescued 212 persons held hostage.

“ The captured terrorists leader is undergoing further
interrogation while the rescued persons are being
documented and the under- aged children were
administered oral polio vaccines, ” the statement
read in part .
The troops on Tuesday rescued 30 hostages from
the Boko Haram terrorists ’ enclave , killing 14 of the
insurgents in a gun duel in Borno State .

Meanwhile, the senate has reaffirmed its
commitment to addressing the security challenge in
the North East , asking its ad – hoc committee
investigating the state of security affairs in Zamfara
to carry out the task in the entire region .
The resolution followed a motion by Senator Ali
Ndume on the worrisome state of security in
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states .

Ndume commended President Muhammadu Buhari on
the fight against insurgency in the north east, but
expressed concern that the level of attack by the
insurgents had escalated to worrisome level since
the beginning of the year .
“ In 2017, more than 357 civilians were killed during
55 attacks in the North East . The deadliest month
was in August when the militant group killed 100
people, followed by November with 76 people killed
already .
“ Recently, three soldiers and a child were killed in
Magumeri in Borno, several civilians were killed in
Madagali in Adamawa , and eight soldiers were killed
in Sasawa in Yobe State ,” he recounted.

The lawmaker also drew the senate’ s attention to
the fact that till date , 103 Chibok girls, 10 women
from Askira/ Uba and lately three members of staff
of the University of Maiduguri remained in captivity .
Ndume said that over 4 .8 million people were
affected by the crisis, “ while the estimated cost of
destruction , according to a UN agency report on the
atrocities of the insurgents, is put at over $ 9 billion.
“ In Borno alone , about 1 million returning Internally
Displaced Persons ( IDPs) without anything with
which to start life again are now scared of going
back to their various towns and villages and
therefore forced to remain in Maiduguri camps that
are already crowded, “ Ndume observed.
He therefore prayed the senate to , among other
measures, invite the service chiefs to brief it on the
state of security in a closed session .
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,
reminded the senate that there was an adhoc
committee working on security challenges in
Zamfara State .

He suggested that the senate should accommodate
the prayer by directing the panel to extend its
mandate to include the entire south east .
The Senate President Bukola Saraki, in line with the
suggestion , urged the committee to report back to
senate within five weeks. 

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