Boko Haram commander captured, four suspects killed, 212 victims rescued – Nigerian Army

FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian soldier pull down a Boko Haram flag as a mark of victory
FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian soldier pull down a Boko Haram flag as a mark of victory

Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday rescued another 212 persons held hostage by the terrorists after they cleared remnants of Boko Haram insurgents from some villages in the northern fringes of the Sambisa forest, an official said.

According to a statement by the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, the soldiers also captured one Boko Haram commander, “Ameer” of Chawa, Amman Judee, and killed four terrorists.

Mr. Usman said the captured leader was undergoing interrogation, while the rescued persons were being documented and underaged children among them administered oral polio vaccines.

The latest rescue of the 212 victims is the second mass rescue in a week.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the rescue of 30 victims on Saturday after soldiers killed 11 Boko Haram suspects in separate battles in eight villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno.

While the army has continued to achieve successes against the terror group, the Boko Haram still carry out attacks, mainly on soft targets, in various parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

About 100,000 people have been killed since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009.


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  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    Election is fast approaching and Buhari and his secret agent of mass propaganda (Premium Times) must now splash stories depicting successes in the fight against terrorists (Which he openly supported as a presidential candidate). In the last 9 days 97 Nigerians (not animals) have died in 3 separate attacks by Islamic terrorists either via suicide bombings or direct gunfire. In all cases, the stories disappeared from PT’s web pages as quickly as they appeared. Non lasted more than 25 minutes before it is replaced by another story. This is in sharp contrast to the style of reporting in the months leading to the last presidential election where PT’s website would report a Boko haram/Islamic terror attack with uncontrollable frenzy and stories remained almost perpetually on vantage positions on its webpages for days. At the time casualties (lives) seemed to matter to PT but not anymore. They now downplay stories and reluctantly report the attacks. No more videos and graphic photographs of attack scenes are splashed these days. Well, maybe no more cameras or no more journalists or citizen reporters/photographers to send in the pictures. Meanwhile Shekau is protected and there is no active plan to catch him. Instead what we have is the presidency through the Bornu state governor announcing to Nigerians that the house of Boko haram’s founder will now be converted to a museum as tax payers money will now be expended on the project to glorify Islamic terrorism. Can you imagine that? A govt building a museum to glorify terrorism? No nation on earth that ever existed has been this sick as Nigeria. Religion and terrorism = Politics in Nigeria. Cursed is the day Nigeria was born.

  • emmeanuel

    “The latest rescue of the 212 victims is the second mass rescue in a week……PREMIUM TIMES reported the rescue of 30 victims on Saturday after soldiers killed 11 Boko Haram suspects in separate battles in eight villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno.”


    Did I just read about ‘2nd Mass rescue’ in a week? STOP it PT. STOP it!!!!…………………tell Nigerians that we’ve had about four mass killings in 4 different attacks in the last one week in which over 100 Nigerians died…and the president nor the central govt did not deem it fit to even discuss the matter or address the nation or the families of the dead. No reaction whatsoever. Why report as though you are praising the govt in a fight they are clearly losing? By the way what are the full and real names of the so called commander? His aka is not sufficient. We must be sure of his real family name to ascertain who in government he is related to. The same goes for the other so called “four terrorists” that were also reportedly killed.

    • marc umeh

      If you take this bullshit writings serious , then you are fooling yourself. Nigerian journalism is school boy journalism.

    • Julius

      Maybe you should lead the fight against the terrorists so we can believe your dead and captured figures !

  • Truth Hurts

    Stop telling lies Premium Times. The estmated death toll from the Boko Haram insurgency is not 100,000 as you stated above. Most governments in the region, Nigerian Government inclusive, give a figure of about 20,000-25,000. Even NGOs attest to same estimates.