Troops rescue 14 women, kids from Boko Haram

Nigerian-Army• Govt denies ransom report on Chibok girls

Troops of the 155 Task Force Battalion yesterday rescued 14 people held hostage by insurgents, as clearance operations of the relics of Boko Haram terrorists continue in the North East.

A statement issued yesterday by the spokesman of the Army, Col. Sani Usman, said the soldiers rescued the people, who were mostly women and children in a village.

The statement reads in part: “Troops of 155 Task Force Battalion conducted a patrol in Nimila village today (Sunday) during which they rescued 14 persons from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists and recovered weapons. The rescued persons were mostly women and children.

“The troops also recovered three dane guns, a single barrel gun and two double barrels. They further recovered three motorcycles abandoned by the terrorists and two mobile telephone handsets.”
Meanwhile, Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied media reports that the Islamist militant group is demanding $50 million from the government as ransom before releasing the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

Mohammed, who made the denial in an interview with the Voice of America said ransom reports are not new.

“It appears we have several versions of this report. The one that we heard was from a source that [Boko Haram] wants to release 10 of these girls for 1 million euros,” he said.

“But the most important thing is that we’ve gone through this route before, and until and when we establish the credibility of this source and the truth behind it, the government will not be in a hurry to make a statement.

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