Nigeria Army Discover Boko Haram’s bomb Workshop/Factory

Nigeria Army Discover Boko Haram’s bomb Workshop/Factory

The Nigerian Army has destroyed an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) factory, a motor vehicle and motorcycle workshop belonging to Boko Haram insurgents. Also, the army said that soldiers from 7 Division Nigerian Army, Operation Lafiya Dole, have rescued 85 people, mostly women and children held hostage by insurgents in Borno north, on the southern fringes of Lake Chad.

A statement by the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, yesterday, said the hostages were rescued when the troops conducted a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of Boko Haram’s strategic town of Chukungudu. According to him, the IED making factory was discovered and destroyed at Geram. “In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests. They also discovered well-equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts warehouse at Chukungudu village.

The troops recovered three vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles,” the statement said. He said that in line with rules of engagement, the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles had been destroyed.


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The troops recovered four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one Double Barrel Gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine,   he said.

However, a soldier died in the process. Usman said the operation was led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 7 Division, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, between Friday and Saturday.

“The manoeuvring Brigade, led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists’ strongholds in that area,” Usman said.

He said the troops killed five terrorists in a fierce encounter that made several of them run into the Lake Chad waters. Meanwhile, the Borno Police Command said yesterday that it had deployed 100 female policemen to Internally-Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state following allegation of abuse of women by camp officials.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW), a non-governmental organisation, had last week, alleged that camp officials, including soldiers and policemen, sexually abused girls and women in the IDP camps. Mr. Damian Chukwu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that his command was taking steps to ensure the protection of IDPs. The policewomen are also to act as undercover and elicit information from the IDPs.

“The deployment of women police is also to dig out true happenings in the camps regarding the allegation.We feel that the victims might not want to talk freely to men, but they will be encouraged to open up to women policemen if the allegation is true,” Chukwu said.

The police chief said he had also constituted a high-powered committee to oversee the running of the camps. “I have constituted a committee, led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), with Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and other senior officers, to take over the daily running of the camps. “It is interesting to say that most members of the committee are females. I have also mobilised over 100 women police from different divisions, including mobile police women, to handle day-to-day interaction in the camps.

“The male officers will be limited to handling of the territorial coverage and patrol within the camps,” he said. The objective, he said, was to further secure the camps and give confidence to the thousands of women in the IDP camps.

He insisted that prior to the alarm raised by the international human rights organisation, the police had not received any complaint on the alleged abuse. “We have not received any complaint on any case of human rights abuse in the camps. So, the whole thing appears strange to me; in each of the camps, we have many police outpost. “In Bakassi camp, for instance, we have five police units because every local government area in the IDP camp has its DPO and other policemen, with all the complement of law enforcement,” Chukwu said.

He, however, said that police investigation would unravel the truth of the matter once and for all.

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