Boko HaramCrime & SecurityNewsJoint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai Neutralized 60 Terrorists, Present Three More Chibok Girls

The Joint Task Force Operation Hadin kai said that 14,609 out of the 70,593 insurgents who surrendered to troops are combatants.

Theatre Commander, Major Gen. Christopher Musa, on Friday disclosed this in Maiduguri to Journalists on recent successes recorded by the command under “Operation Desert Sanity” and “Operation Lake Sanity”.

The Theatre Commander also presented three more Chibok girls,  Ruth Bitrus, Kauna Luka, and Hannatu Musa, who have lately escaped the Sambisa forest. Ms. Bitrus said she spent three days in the jungle while attempting to escape.

According to him, in the last month, the military has conducted several operations on land, maritime, and air, where over 60 terrorists were neutralized and over 120 arrested, including their suppliers.

“The Theatre’s kinetic and non-kinetic activities have partly compelled some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) to seek alternatives to terrorism, thereby taking advantage of other avenues to surrender. “Currently, a total of 70,593 persons consisting of BHT (JAS/ISWAP) fighters and their families have surrendered to troops.

“Out of this number, 14,609 were active male fighters, 20,955 are women, while 35,029 are children.
“The Theatre, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, has commenced reviews of cases of detainees at the Joint Investigation Centre (JIC).

“Some of the detainees have been cleared and handed over to the Borno Government and UNICEF,” Musa said.

According to him, the girls and their four children were rescued by troops from the 21st Special Armoured Brigade Bama.

According to Major General Waidi Shaibu, General Officer Commanding GOC Seven Division Nigerian Army, the forces’ clearance operation enabled the girls to flee.

Boko Haram abducted 276 female students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

57 of the schoolgirls escaped soon after the attack by jumping from the vehicles on which they were being transported, while others have been rescued several times by the Armed Forces.
Over 100 of the girls are still missing seven years after.

The theatre commander reiterated the commitment of the command to maintain effective synergy with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and work in unison with the Maritime and Air components, paramilitary establishments, state governments, humanitarian agencies, local communities, and the media for success.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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