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Army rescues 200 girls, 93 women from Sambisa Forest

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 9:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

About 293 women and girls were on Tuesday afternoon, rescued in what analysts described as the most daring and precise operation by the Nigerian troops, which stormed the dreaded Sambas Forest.

Sources said that at least three major terrorists camps were destroyed in the well-coordinated attacks that include the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp and two others in the Sambisa Forest.

Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, while confirming the report, however, said he could not confirm the identity of the freed victims and their origins and he could not state if any of them was from Chibok until after thorough screening and proper investigations.

“I can only confirm the rescued this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest.

But, in a telephone chat with Channels Television news on Tuesday night, Olukolade said the camps were indeed removed by the troops who advanced on several sides, leading to the successful rescue.

He said the Army “has been doing every thing to either scale the obstacles.”

On the involvement of Nigeria’s African neighbours – Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Defence spokesman said the rescue was a solely Nigerian operation at the moment, urging the friendly nations to watch their own sides of the borders to ensure that the insurgents do not get in and out of their territories.

Also reacting in a phone conversation with Channels, convener of the #BrignBackOurGirls campaign and former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, expressed enormous hope that the Chibok girls will be rescued.

“We are so hopeful that these news so real. For me and many Nigerians, just knowing that 200 girls and 93 women were rescued. It will be gladdening to note that among them are our Chibok girls.”

She recalled speaking with a key member of the association of parents who is excited and would proceed on a journey to Chibok on Wednesday to see things for himself and on behalf of members of the group.

But in a text message also on Tuesday, Colonel Sani Usman, an Army spokesman, told Reuters: “The troops rescued 200 abducted girls (not Chibok girls) and 93 women.”