The Nigerian Army said Wednesday that soldiers have arrested one of the top commanders of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
In a statement by the Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman, the soldiers also succeeded in rescuing 212 hostages and killed four terrorists as they fled after sighting the advancing troops.
Usman said the feat was recorded in Borno by troops of 3 battalion, 22 brigade Nigerian Army, Sector 1, Operation Lafiya Dole on Tuesday.
“During the operation, they were able to clear Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts located at Kala, Jawara, Mada, Mika, Gakulba and Kutilax (Sanga), northern fringes of Sambisa forest and fringes of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. At Sanga, the terrorists, on sighting the approaching troops from their observation post, dashed into the adjoining Amchada forest.
“The relentless troops pursued them further and neutralised four Boko Haram terrorists after a serious exchange of gun fire, captured one of the terrorists commanders, the ‘Ameer’ of of Chawa, Amman Judee, alive and rescued 212 persons held hostage by the terrorists.
“The captured terrorist leader is undergoing further interrogation while the rescued persons are being documented and the under-aged children were administered oral polio vaccines,” the statement said.