*carries out 2, 726 patrols, 982 ambushes
*arrests 113 suppliers of fuel, food, fertilizers, other logistics to Boko Haram terrorists
By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri
About 98 Chibok schoolgirls out of the 276 that were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014 are said to be still in captivity of the insurgents in Sambisa Forest.
Head of Military Intelligence Unit Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Hadin kai, North East, Theater Commander Headquarters Maiduguri, Colonel Obinna Ezuipke, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the Theater Command headquarters, Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri.
He said, “Out of the 276 abducted Chibok girls, 57 escaped in 2014, while 107 were released in 2018, three were rescued in 2019, two in 2021 and nine in 2022, bringing the total of 178 girls out of captivity, with 98 remaining in Boko Haram captivity.”
Briefing newsmen, he said the statistics of the activities of troops of Operation Hadin kai in August 2022, shows a total of 43 Boko Haram terrorists neutralized, with 24 others arrested by the troops in August alone, while over 100 insurgents were killed between August and September 2022.
He added that various weapons, arms and ammunition were recovered, including 129 AK-47 rifles, 1,515 rounds of ammunition, 16 FN Rifles, 3 MG, and 17 grenades among others during the operations period
Ezuipke further disclosed that the Nigerian military encountered 26 different attacks from the Boko Haram terrorists where in the process, two soldiers lost their lives and nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
He explained also that the military carried out a total of 2,726 patrols and 982 ambushes against the Boko Haram terrorists during the period under review and from June 2022 to date, a total of 113 people who are suppliers of fuel, food, fertilizers and other logistics to the terrorists were arrested,.
The Head of Military Intelligence added that troops of JTF operation Hadin Kai in the North East region have also rescued thousands of civilians comprising of men, women and children, as well as destroyed several property and hideouts of the Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest.