Ninety-eight (98) students of Government Girls’ Secondary School Chibok of Borno State, out of the 276 abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014, are still in the custody of the deadly terrorist group.
Colonel Obinna Ezuipke, the head of the Intelligence Unit of the Joint Military Taskforce in the North East, Operation Hadinkai, announced this while briefing reporters at its headquarters, Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.
Ezuipke said, “Out of the 276 abducted Chibok girls, 57 girls escaped in 2014 while 107 girls were released in 2018. Three girls were recovered in 2019, two in 2021 and 9 were rescued in 2022, bringing the total of 178 girls out of captivity and 98 remaining in Boko Haram captivity.”
Presenting the statistics on the workings of the troops of Operation Hadinkai in August 2022, Colonel Ezuipke divulged that a total of 43 terrorists were neutralised, while 24 others were caught by the troops in August alone, apart from the over 100 killed in September 2022, as well as retrieval of various weapons, including 129 AK-47 rifles, 1,515 rounds of ammunitions, 16 FN Rifles, 3 MG, 17 grenades, among others, during the operations.
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Ezuipke announced that the military faced 26 incursions from the terrorists, and in the process, two soldiers were killed, and nine others sustained various degrees of injury. He added that the military carried out 2726 patrols and 982 ambushes against the terrorists.
Remarking on the detention of logistics suppliers to Boko Haram, Ezuipke further disclosed that from June 2022 to date, a total of 113 food, fertiliser and other logistics suppliers to the terrorists were apprehended.
He pointed out that the troops had also rescued many women and children, as well as destroyed properties and hideouts of the terrorists.