By Joy Baba Yesufu
The people of Zaki biam who fled their homes after an armed gang ambushed and killed a soldier and policeman recently have been assured that there will be no reprisal attack on the community as rumoured in some quarters.
The military authorities in the locality have assured that while every effort was being made to track down the armed gang that have been operating in the area before the incidence, no civilian will be unduly harassed.
Director Defence Information, Major General Olukolade who gave the assurance in a statement yesterday said that there had been apprehension in the community following the incidence which triggered a rumour of impending reprisal attack by the military. The people were therefore advised to return to their homes and normal activities as the troops are there for their protection. Read More →
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… Identities yet to be confirmed
In a daring and precise operation the Nigerian troops have stormed the Sambisa Forest and rescued about 300 women and girls.
Also at least 21 people were killed by suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram in Marguba community and other surrounding villages of Beneshiekh, the headquarters of Kaga local government area of Borno state.
It was gathered that at least three major terrorists camps have been destroyed in the well-cordinated attacks that include the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest.
While confirming the operation the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said he could not confirm the identity of the freed victims and their origins and he could not state if any of them was from Chibok until after thorough screening and proper investigations.
He said: “I can only confirm the rescued this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest. We are yet to determine their origin as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don’t misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later.” Read More →
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