The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen.
Chris Olukolade, has said that troops of the
Nigerian Army have recovered some women and
children who were locked up by insurgents in
Olukolade said that the hostages were being
given medical attention and necessary care by
troops pending the arrival of troops in the area.
He said that some of the freed hostages were
providing useful information to troops on the
activities of the soldiers.
“A number of women, the elderly and children
who were locked up by fleeing terrorists in
Gwoza have been freed by troops as cordon and
search along with mopping up operations
continue in the town.
“The freed hostages some of whom are so weak
are being given medical attention while others
are also receiving necessary care pending the
arrival and activities of aid agencies.
“Some of them are also providing useful
information for the intelligence in aid of troops
operations in the area.”
He stated also that the troops also discovered a
building converted by insurgents to a bomb-
According to him, the military has embarked on a
careful evacuation of the dangerous materials
stored in the building.
Meanwhile, men of the 301 Artillery Regiment of
the Nigerian Army on Monday foiled what could
have been a major attack by insurgents on
Parading the corpses of the insurgents before
newsmen at the army barracks Gombe, the
spokesperson for the regiment, who insisted his
name must not be mentioned, said the military
succeeded in killing three of the insurgents and
captured one alive after a gun duel at Dukku
Local Government Area of the state.
Items recovered from the insurgents, according
to the spokesperson, include a Hilux van, a
smart card reader machine belonging to the
Independent National Electoral Commission,
three boxes of assorted ammunition, one FM rifle
and a pair of police uniform.
“The success was recorded in the early hours of
Monday, (00:30 GMT) when the gunmen
attempted to attack a military checkpoint at
Dukku but our men overpowered them,” he said.
He urged the general public to remain calm, as
the military was ready to protect lives and
property of residents in all parts of the state.
“We thank the general public for cooperating with
us. If we continue to get useful information from
the public, we will wipe out any person or group
that tries to bridge the peace of Gombe and
Nigeria at large,” the spokesman emphasised.