Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Over 30000 Boko Haram hostages freed, leadership dismantled - FG

A special international court in the Nigerien capital Niamey has started the trial of eighty-one people accused of fighting for militant Boko Haram A special international court in the Nigerien capital Niamey has started the trial of eighty-one people accused of fighting for militant Boko Haram
Kristopher Love | 08 February, 2018, 10:06

"Some of the surrendered insurgents who interacted with members of the press disclosed that the ranks of the Boko Haram insurgents have been severely depleted and tired, hence the resort to abandoning the struggle and surrendering", the statement said.

It said the terrorists who surrendered from the Damboa general area of southern Borno also submitted their weapons to the troops.

Dan-Ali said that the fighting troops were ever ready to confront Boko Haram, adding that no Nigerian territory was under the control of the insurgents.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while addressing dignitaries and members at a Town Hall Meeting for military and security agencies at Government House, Maiduguri.

Quoting his conversations with US President Donald Trump, he said he acknowledged that "Nigeria military are very strong".

In an effort to intensify the onslaught against Boko Haram insurgency, the Nigerian military has inducted Cameroonian defence forces into the Operation Lafiya Dole. All they do now is to engage in cowardly attacks on soft targets.

He said, having recognized that the emergence of boko haram sect was bond out of illiteracy, lack of education and poverty, he has personally offered himself out of his tight schedules to teach lessons for pupils two hours each during school time to complement voluntary teaching services by indigent graduates in the council. "That, in itself, is a sign of weakness". Our gallant men and women in uniform have made all the sacrifices, including the supreme sacrifice, to bring us here.

"The military are taking care of us, as against the wrong notion the insurgents made us to believe", she said. On Sunday, the 30 local and global journalists, who came from Abuja to cover this town hall meeting, were taken on a guided tour of the city, both during the day and at night, by Commissioner for Information. The ordinary folks have also shown great resilience and support to bring us here.

"More than 100 Chibok girls have so far been rescued". The schools that have been destroyed as a result of years of the insurgency are being rebuilt. "Overall, our humanitarian response is being scaled up, with the support of our global friends".

Meanwhile, Senator Ali Ndume accused government of not properly funding the development and reconstruction of the region.