The troops of Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) along Maiduguri – Damaturu road have rescued 17 civilians from a kidnap attempt by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state.
The terrorists who came in a drove on Wednesday, 7 July, 2021 had attempted an infiltration into Auno village through the Rail Line adjacent to the community, but were quickly intercepted by the vigilant troops in a fierce gun duel according to a statement dated 12th July 2021 by Army spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.
Further exploitation conducted by troops of 7 Division Garrison and 212 battalion immediately after quelling the infiltration attempt by the terrorists, resulted in the successful rescue of the commuting civilians, who were abducted during the attack at Kontori along Maiduguri – Damaturu road.
Nwachukwu added in his statement that it was while going for the clearance operation that troops were involved in a road accident as previously reported by Naija News.
The rescued civilians have been adequately documented and handed over to officials of Rapid Response Squad for further action, he noted.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has rubbished reports that terrorists of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram have appointed a new governor in the state.
He described as unfounded, the reports making round that the terrorists have taken over some areas of Borno, installed a governor, and started collecting taxes from the communities in the area.
Zulum declared that he was fully in charge of the state and news about a parallel government formed by the terrorists should be ignored.
The governor stated this while speaking to State House correspondents yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
He however added that his government has no interest in investigating the issue which he blamed on social media.