The Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Monday says that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have been searching and conducting daily operation to rescue Leah Sharibu and others, including aid workers and the remaining Chibok School girls in Boko Haram captivity.
The recent statement from the DHQ noted that the operation is being done carefully to ensure the safety of the victim lives.
According to the DHQ Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province terrorists had their base in the tumbums islands between Nigeria, Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroon.
Speaking about the military operations in the North Central and Southern regions, he noted that the Operations Safe Haven, Hadarin Daji, Thunder Strike, Whirl Stroke and Delta Safe had led to the rescue of 1,048 abducted victims and arrests of 48 kidnappers.
Brig. Gen. Nwachukwu further noted that the military will ensure that criminal elements do not take advantage of this season to perpetrate their evil acts.
“The Boko Haram terrorists are not holding any territory in the North-East. The Boko Haram and the ISWAP fighters have been pushed into the Tumbums, which are islands between Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, where they have their enclaves and come out to infiltrate the public and carry out attacks on soft targets.
“Terrorists abduct people and attempt to raise funds to support their illicit activities. Unfortunately, we still have the case of Leah (Sharibu) and I want to assure you that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have been relentless in ensuring that these people are released.
“The troops are on aggressive patrols; rescue missions conducted on a daily basis. But the fact is that the troops have been very cautious because these persons are already in the hands of the terrorists and any careless or reckless move may result in the annihilation of the persons to ward off the troops. So, it is a very complex operation and requires time.”
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