Soldiers Capture Wounded Boko Haram Militants in Lake Chad


The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday said soldiers of the Multi-National

Joint Task Force have arrested unspecified number of Boko Haram attackers

who had been wounded in the course of the renewed bombardments of their

camps by the military.
A statement on Tuesday by the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen.

Chris Olukolade, said the “captured terrorists” had also made useful

information concerning their involvements in the insurgency in the

North-East of the country while equally pleading for forgiveness.

The statement read in part, “Scores of wounded terrorists who escaped from

various camps under the fire of security forces have been captured in the

fringes of Lake Chad. The captured terrorists some of whom are fatally

wounded are already making useful statements to interrogators of the

Multi-National Joint Task Force. Others were captured by troops in

locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo.

“In their confessions, it was 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. 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 added that the captured terrorists said starvation had made

their violent campaigns difficult while the wounded members of the sect

could no longer access medical attention.
It said, “They confirmed that starvation was a major problem in addition

to ceaseless bombardments on the camp locations even when they kept

relocating. They also confirm that several members of the group have been

wounded and no treatment was forth coming. Troops have continued their

assault on other locations across the states covered by the state of

The Defence Headquarters warned members of the public, who had cultivated

the habit of sight-seeing in the camps, where the insurgents had recently

been dislodged, to desist from such act.
“Members of the public, who have started visiting to engage in sight

seeing in some dislodged camps and fringes of forests such as Sambisa and

others have been warned to desist from doing so as the tendency will no

more be condoned where operations are still ongoing,” it added.