The Nigerian Army reports that it has intercepted Boko Haram families that were fleeing the Sambisa forest where the insurgents are believed to be hiding.
This was contained in a statement posted on the army’s website, stating that the families ‘‘were received and treated humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement.’‘
According to the army, there were 69 people in all, with a breakdown of 7 men, 18 women, 7 grown up boys and 37 children.
They claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area. But further interrogation revealed otherwise.
‘‘At the initial state of interrogation, they claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area. But further interrogation revealed otherwise,’‘ the statement added.
The ‘catch’ was made by troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion deployed at an Observation Post at its Check Point at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin road, in the restive Borno State.
‘‘The troops recovered 15 bicycles, 5 Dane Guns and other personal effects from them. Further and thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain other information from them,’‘ the statement concluded.