Seven hundred farmers and fishermen held by Boko Haram insurgents have fled to Monguno on Sunday, after fighter jets and troops destroyed
“infrastructures and logistics” of terrorists at Chikun Gudu and other hideouts on Lake Chad Islands of Borno state.
The destroyed structures and logistics were used by the insurgents for communication centres, fabrication yards, bomb-making equipment and vehicles for terrorists operations in Lake Chad region.
This was disclosed on Monday in a statement of Deputy Director, Public Relations 8 Division; Nigerian Army, Col. Timothy Antigha in Maiduguri.
“The ensuing collapse of their command structures and means of survival have therefore triggered the massive abandonment of Lake Chad Islands. This facilitated the escape of 700 abductees to Monguno town yesterday,” said Antigha.
He said the Boko Haram abductees, comprising adult males, females and children have been received by troops of 242 Battalion in Monguno for profiling.
According to him; “Profiling of the fleeing displaced persons is on-going to ensure that no terrorists take advantage of the situation to sneak into Monguno town. “Preliminary investigation will focus on finding out where wanted Boko Haram Commanders have migrated to: Antigha said that two pregnant women among the abductees gave births at the holding centre of Monguno.
He said two weeks ago, about 200 captives regained their freedom to profile, following offensive military operations at Chikun Gudu in the
Lake Chad region.