About 98 Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls Still In Captivity Of Boko Haram Insurgents – Military

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*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.

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