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Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014

Troops capture more wounded Boko Haram members

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JTFBy Joy Baba & By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Military authorities have confirmed the arrest of scores of wounded terrorist who escaped from various camps adding that they are making some useful confession at the moment.

A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said some of the captured terrorists who were fatally wounded are already making useful statements to interrogators of the Multi-National Joint Task Force while others were captured by troops in locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo.

He said their confessions revealed that some of the camps have been disbanded following the directive of their clerics who declared that the operation of the sect had come to an end as the mission could no longer be sustained and the terrorists who are giving useful information as to the locations of their remnant forces, are full of apologies and pleas for their lives to be spared promising to cooperate.

The statement also said the terrorist were arrested in the fringes of Lake Chad and their confession has shown that starvation was a major problem in addition to ceaseless bombardments on the camp locations even when they kept relocating.

Olukolade further said the insurgents have also confirmed that several members of the group have been wounded and no treatment was forth coming while troops have continued their assault on other locations across the states covered by the state of emergency.

He warned members of the public to desist from visiting dislodged camps like the sambisa forest as such places are still restricted and not safe for visits at the moment.

In the same vein, the federal government said serious measures have been taken to commence air border patrol in the country.

Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while in audience with a delegation from DANA Airline, led by its Managing Director, Mr. Mark Snoxell Dornier, said the measures were necessary to curb the incessant cases of insurgency in the country which has taken a new dimension.

Moro noted that the current cases of insurgency in the country were occasioned by the activities of foreigners who came through the country’s porous borders.

The minister further said that “the committee which was set up examine the ministry’s existing preparedness to undertake border patrol against the backdrop of existing Aircraft; some that are serviceable and some that are not serviceable have submitted their report and what is left is to commence action”.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation Mr. Mark Snoxell Dornier, clarified that DANA Airline was ready to partner the ministry by giving efficient and reliable service and to also provide the necessary training for the immigration personnel expected to take up the responsibility.

He told the minister that his company currently has two aircraft capable of delivering such service, adding that age of an aircraft has nothing to do with it efficiency but maintenance.

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