The Nigerian Defence Headquarters says, Scores of wounded terrorists who escaped from various camps under the fire of security forces have been captured in the fringes of Lake Chad.
In a statement issued, by Major General, Chris Olukolade Tuesday, the captured terrorists some of whom are fatally wounded are already making useful statements to interrogators of the Multi-National Joint Task Force.
Olukolade added that others were captured by troops in locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo.
According to the Defence Headquarters, “In their confessions, it was revealed that some of the camps have been disbanded following the directive of their clerics who declared that the operation of the sect had come to an end as the mission could no longer be sustained.”
The statement noted that the terrorists are giving useful information as to the locations of their remnant forces, are full of apologies and pleas for their lives to be spared promising to cooperate.
The Major General further added that The captured terrorist confirmed that starvation was a major problem in addition to ceaseless bombardments on the camp locations even when they kept relocating.
The statement reads in part, “They also confirm that several members of the group have been wounded and no treatment was forth coming. Troops have continued their assault on other locations across the states covered by the state of emergency.”
Meanwhile, members of the public who have started visiting to engage in sight seeing in some dislodged camps and fringes of forests such as Sambisa and others have been warned to desist from doing so as the tendency will no more be condoned where operations are still ongoing. The army says the general area still remains a theatre and movement remains restricted as the environment has to be cleared for safety of citizens.
“The public will be informed when the locations are safe enough.” The statement concluded.