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Troops Rescue 54 Persons in Boko Haram Captivity, Arrest Policeman in possession of Magazines, Special Ammunitions

By Ahmed Abu, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri
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Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 54 Boko Haram kidnapped persons in Borno, including 29 women and 25 children.

Col. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, in a statement said the victims were freed after troops cleared Ma’allasuwa and Yaa-Munye villages in the state.

He added that the terrorists fled from the troops’ onslaught and abandoned their victims.

Musa also said that troops on clearance operation in Damasak general area of Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno, destroyed two Boko Haram logistics vehicles and make shift camp.

In another development, Musa disclosed that a Mobile policeman, Sgt. Markus John, with number PNo 383106 was arrested at Njimtilo check point along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, while on transit to Lagos.

He said that at the time of arrest, John was in possession of two magazines, 146 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition and one round of anti aircraft gun concealed in his bag.

On May 10, Musa said the army in conjunction with the police, arrested Pte Paul Ojochegbe (14NA7113208) and Lance Cpl. Oko Eke (12NA672586), also at the Njimtilo check point.

He alleged that they were in possession of one disassembled AK 47 Rifle.

Musa restated the army’s appeal to the public to continue to provide useful information about suspicious movement of terrorists and criminals.