The Nigeria Army said on Monday that 148 Boko Haram hostages have been rescued in Modu Kimeri village in Bama local government area of Borno State. A statement issued by the Deputy Director, Public Relations at the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the hostages were used as sex slaves and forced labourers by Boko Haram militants. He said upon profiling, the troops discovered that the female hostages were sexually violated while the men and children were used in forced labour.
According to him, the operation was carried out by troops of 21 Brigade with the support of the Civilian Joint Task Force as part of the army counter-insurgency operation.
The statement reads:
“Troops of 21 Brigade supported by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole to conduct counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the North East have rescued 148 civilians held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in Modu Kimeri, a remote village in Bama local government area of Borno State. “The troops rescued the hostages during an extensive clearance operation on Sunday, 3rd June 2018, to rid the general area of Bama, Modu Kimeri and Gulumba Gana of fleeing elements of Boko Haram terrorists who had escaped from the ongoing troops’ onslaught in the Lake Chad Islands and fringes of the northern borders of Borno State.
“The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed during a joint profiling and interrogations by troops of operation Lafiya Dole and other security agencies, that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves. Two pregnant teenage girls are among the rescued persons. The rescued persons further disclosed that the men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labour while in captivity of the terrorists. They will be promptly handed over to officials of Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp for welfare and administration.“The troops have also successfully cleared adjoining villages including China, Sabon Gari-1, Sabon Gari-2, Sabon Gari-3 and Sabon Gari-4 villages. Other areas cleared by troops along the axis of operation are Nguzoduwa, Falla, Bulangala, Botori and Bula Matawa villages.“Additionally, troops recovered 22 Dane Guns, one tool box used for fabricating local fire arms, four Boko Haram flags, a motorcycle and one Bow and 20 Arrows. “The gallant troops remain resilient and are carrying out further exploitation.”