The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Sunday gave reasons why the military was yet to rescue the lecturers of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), oil workers and women abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
According to the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj.- Gen. John Enenche, the sect was using the captives as a shield.
He noted that the military was applying lot of caution in the rescue operations as not to endanger the lives of the captives.
The defence spokesman, while rejecting calls from certain quarters asking for the wholesale bombing of the territories occupied by the terrorists, said that there will certainly be collateral damage should the troops decide to apply full force to rescue the captives.
He said: “So, that is why a lot of caution is being exercised even if you have a footage or real time evidence that these people are there. Once they are being used as human shield, then you need to be very careful on the rescue mission.
“I assure you that actions are on, intelligence is still being processed and strategies are being considered on how to ensure that the lovely citizens come out alive just like some of the Chibok girls.”
The two lecturers in the Geology Department of the university were identified as Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr. Solomon N. Yusuf. The third man identified self as Haruna.
They were part of an oil exploration team in the state, and were captured on July 25 this year.
Ten women, including female police personnel, were also kidnapped on June 21 this year along Damboa Road in Borno State.
They were seized after their assailants ambushed a convoy of security personnel who was heading for a burial in Adamawa State.