The Nigerian military has said that it has helped to free over 700 people who were held captive by Boko Haram in North Eastern Nigeria. Among these 700 were two pregnant women who were able to give birth shortly after arriving to safety. The escapees has been kept on several islands and farms near Lake Chad and were being made to work as farm hands to help support the terrorist organizations activities. This would be a big blow to the already retreating group. We pray that the group is rendered completely innocuous soon and that all of the captives are freed.
2018-01-01 Nigeria (PremiumTimes) Two women have given birth as the military reportedly rescues 700 persons from Boko Haram insurgents,
The women gave birth at a military holding facility in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 8 Division, Timothy Antigha, disclosed in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Mr. Antigha said over 700 persons abducted by Boko Haram insurgents had escaped from their captors and received by the 242 Battalion, Monguno.
He said the abductees including males, females and children were forced to work as farm labourers by the insurgents.
He said two women among the freed persons delivered safely at the holding facility.
The army spokesman added that the intensified onslaught against the insurgents under Operation Deep Punch II had weakened and decimated their positions, which enabled the persons to escape.
“Over 700 farmers, fishermen and members of their families hitherto held by Boko Haram terrorists as farm workers have fled the various islands in Lake Chad to Monguno.
“The exodus of the abductees is not unconnected to a follow-up operation conducted a few days ago to exploit the gains of the recent successful Operation DEEP PUNCH 2 in Chikun Gudu and adjourning localities.