It is heartwarming to note that, one of the recently inducted locally produced Mine – Resistant Ambush – Protected (MRAP) Vehicles, the indigenous Proforce MRAP, which was employed during this encounter proved to be a reliable war fighting machine, as it provided the required mobility, protection, fire power and maneuverability for the fighting troops. The lethal war machine has thus been certified to be a highly successful effort at local defence equipment manufacture.
The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel AMINU ILIYASU in a statement issued on the 5th of January 2020 says in a related development, on the 3 January 2020, the combined troops of 5 and 29 Brigades and the Chief of Army Staff’s Special Intervention Battalion 2 conducted massive Raid/Cordon and Search Operations simultaneously at some identified Boko Haram criminals’ hideouts between Jakana and Mainok in Konduga and Kaga LGAs of Borno State respectively. Troops vigorously combed Matiri, Sheworam, Charikwenti, Burmari and Goni Bukarti outside Maiduguri – Damaturu Road. During the said operations, 6 Boko Haram suspects were arrested while an astonishing number of 461 Boko Haram captives comprising 100 men, 154 women and 207 children were rescued from the clutches of the criminal insurgents who have kept them hostages in their ancestral community.
The rescued children within the Polio Vaccination age were instantly administered with the vaccine in line with the Buratai Intervention Task Force Initiative by the Nigerian Army Medical Team. All rescued victims have been promptly evacuated and handed over to Borno State Internally Displaced Persons officials.
In a separate incident, on 2nd January 2020, troops of 159 Task Force Battalion deployed at a Check Point along the Main Supply Route Damasak-Kareto in Mobbar LGA of Borno State rescued 4 minors aged between 10 – 14 years old. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were abducted from Damasak in 2015 by the Boko Haram criminal elements. The rescued minors narrated their ordeal in the hands of the Boko Haram criminals and how they escaped from a camp in Tumbun Gini during a recent onslaught by troops. It is heartwarming to state that the parents of the rescued minors were contacted and they have all identified their wards amid tears of joy.
That statement added that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commends the troops’ resilience and doggedness against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province hereby urges them to keep the pressure on the adversaries that are waging war against our collective peace, security and existence until they are completely wiped out of our national frontiers.