Nigeria: Soldiers intercept 69 escaping Boko haram families
By Mohammad Ibrahim
June 22 ( Abuja) In the early hours of today troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion deployed at an Observation Post intercepted 69 persons they sighted approaching their Check Point at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin road, Borno State.
The soldiers received and treated the people humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement. But on preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the 69 of them were indeed family members of Boko Haram militants escaping from Sambisa.
In a statement signed by Army Acting Director Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka said out of the number, 7 of them are men, 18 women, 7 grown up boys and 37 children.
"At the initial state of interrogation, they claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area. But further interrogation revealed otherwise.
"The troops recovered 15 bicycles, 5 Dane Guns and other personal effects from them. Further and thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain other information from them," he said.