A total of 778 women and children confirmed by the military authority to family members of dreaded Boko Haram captured by the military from the seventeen states of the Federation has been handed over to their states of origin.
The commander 4 Special Forces Barrack Doma, Major General,Mauhdey Gadzama Ali disclosed this while handing over the captured family members of Boko Haram and Darul’Islam in Nasarawa state.
The military authority declared Sadiqu Babuji declared wanted dead or alive, He said the fleeing Boko Haram members are taken advantage of the thick forest of Ugya in Toto Local Government as well Zagana in Katon Karfe in Kogi as their hid-out, adding that no stone would be left unturned to mopped up the area.
Gadzama reiterated that activities of kidnappers, cattle rustlers, banditry, armed robbery, and other criminality would be taken care of assiduously.
The military authority also displayed locally made firearms recovered from the fleeing dreaded Boko Haram ranging from locally made rocket launchers, fertilizer, sugar, generating sets, cellphones, solar panel and chargers, cartridges,11 locally made and 2 foreign guns, printer, matchets, locally made grenade, Improvise Explosive Devices and amongst other deadly weapons.
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the unflinching support is given to the military, He also commended nutcrackers for doing a marvelous job.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule in his speech appealed to fleeing bandits dislodged from the seventeen states to take advantage of the window of opportunity provided by the military, to surrender themselves in order to be reintegrated back to the society.
Nasarawa State Deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe who represented the Governor urged the terrorists on the run to surrender themselves and their arms, for the sake of peace in Nasarawa State, North Central geopolitical zone, and the country at large.
He said Nigeria and Nigerians need peace in order to develop and progress, stressing that without peace, there won’t be meaningful development.
“Without peace, there can’t be development. And Nigeria needs development. Without peace, there won’t be progress, Nigeria needs to progress,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule restated the commitment of his administration to continue to support and cooperate with the security agencies and all well-meaning Nigerians, towards ensuring that Nasarawa State remains not only peaceful but a domain of industrialization and business hub.
The Governor emphasized that his administration is determined to ensure that Nasarawa competes with any other state in the country, in terms of development, job opportunities, as well as ease of doing business.
In this regard, Engineer Sule commended President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the service chiefs, for the fight against terrorism and banditry and for taking the fight to the bandits in their hiding places.
While showing appreciation to the various security agencies that are involved in Operation Nutcracker, aimed at ensuring that Nigeria remains peaceful and safe, the Governor congratulated the gallant officers for their effort in dislodging and clearing terrorists and bandits from the state.
Recall that only recently, troops under Operation Nutcracker, comprising soldiers from the 4 Special Forces Command in Doma, Operation Whirl Stroke, Nigeria Navy and Nigerian Airforce, among others, cleared Ugya, Panda forests and contiguous hills in Nasarawa State, following which 778 women and children, family members of Boko Haram Terrorists from across 17 northern states, were captured.
The Nasarawa State Governor was in Doma to witness the handing over of the 778 women and children to their respective state governments for profiling and rehabilitation.
The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Lolo, was represented at the event by his Deputy, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso.
Niger State has the highest number of captives, 86 women, 232 children, followed by Kano State with 20, 64 women and children respectively.
Nasarawa State has eight women and eleven children.