While assessing its effort in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, has recounted that in the past five months, no less than 675 militants were killed within the period, while 566 others were arrested, just as troops rescued 4,690 hostages.
Addressing the ongoing 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja on Thursday, MNJTF Commander, Major General Lamidi Adeosun also said “the MNJTF operating together within the sector and across the sectors with troops of national contingents have degraded the Boko Haram in a way that they can no longer carry out organized attacks on its troops.”
According to him, between January and May this year, 566 Boko Haram terrorists were apprehended, with about 675 killed.
He also added that 4, 690 hostages were rescued, stressing that 32 terrorist camps including factories used for making Improvised Explosive Devices IEDs were destroyed.
He said: “the continuous handling of IDPs and refugees by the various sectors and sub-sectors within the MNJTF areas of operation; the liberation of 4,690 hostages from January 2016 to date; neutralization of 675 Boko Haram terrorists and arrest of a total of 566 Boko Haram Terrorists with their logistics…across all the sectors; destruction of 32 terrorists’ camps and Improvised Explosive Device-making factories as well as capturing and destruction of the terrorists’ equipment which include 318 motorcycles, 84 vehicles, 137 assorted weapons, 18 boats and other logistics.”