The troops of 112 Task Force Battalion and 22 Brigade in collaboration with members of Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilante group had on Saturday conducted a clearance operation in Borno villages respectively which led to the rescue of women and children used as labourers.
The Director Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.
Musa explained that the troops discovered newly established camps at Dubula village with some bicycles and motorcycle tracks which was destroyed and one of the terrorists was neutralised while trying to escape.
According to him, 13 women and 26 children were rescued during the operation while two terrorists’ flags, two copies of Quran, One Generator Set and two bicycle were recovered.
He added that 24 out of the children rescued were administered with polio vaccines by Nigerian Army Regimental Medical Officers.
Similarly, the spokesperson further informed that the Acting Commanding Officer of 202 Battalion in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, Vigilante and Hunters group conducted a robust offensive clearance operation to Tafana 1 and Tafana 2 villages.
He said the troops came in contact with some terrorists who fled their camps and the fleeing terrorists where neutralised During the operation while 2 men, 29 women and 25 children were also rescued.
“Other items recovered includes two boxes filled with Quraan, two terrorists’ flags, five bicycles, five SIM cards of different networks and assorted clothing materials”, Musa stated.
Musa further revealed that with the coming of the rainy season, farmers are preparing for the farming season, while the terrorists are also using women and children as farm slaves (labourers) in their farmlands to meet up with daily feeding challenges due to food drought in the forest sustained by the nobly ferocious operations of Nigerian Army troops.
He added that in the circumstance, troops have been directed by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to upscale their patriotism and continue to dominate the battle space with aggressive decisive clearance operations from all flanks to ensure the looming defeat of terrorists of whatever shades in North East Zone.