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Terrorism: Civilian JTF from Borno State captures 17 Boko Haram members

The members of the Civilian JTF have captured 17 members of the Boko Haram sect in Borno State.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Wednesday that the 17 insurgents were among several others apprehended by members of the Civilian JTF.
He said the insurgents who were apprehended along Njaba Road, South of Damboa, by a Civilian JTF patrol team, led by Sarkin Yaki Gwoza, confessed that they were compelled against their will to join the deadly group.
Usman said that further screening carried out by the military, however, revealed that 17 of them were hardened members of the Boko Haram who were trying to infiltrate the society.
Usman also said that the insurgents had attacked Kutuva village. He said they killed four persons and abducted four women prior to the arrest of the 17.
He said that members of the vigilante group mobilised and moved against the terrorists, who attacked the village on six motorcycles and destroyed their camp.
Usman said that the vigilante had not been able to trace the attackers or the abducted women but were able to rescue an 11-year-old girl, who was abducted by the Boko Haram from Barth village.
According to him, the vigilantes also “recovered all hoisted Boko Haram terrorists’ flags, three Fabrique Nationale rifle magazines, two AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.”
The acting army spokesman added that a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and three Civilian JTF,  intercepted and recovered a golf car which was  suspected to have been carrying logistics for the insurgents, along Kayamla General, on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the  Acting Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Mrs. Margaret Essien, has said that the Federal Government will support every effort targeted at re-integrating Internally Displaced Persons.
Essien, who made this known in Abuja during an event to commemorate the World Refugee Day, said that government would ensure that IDPs engaged in meaningful skills acquisition programmes.
According to her, promoting peace, stability and human rights around the world is very crucial at this time so that the displaced population can someday, return to their homes in safety and dignity.
She restated the government’s commitment to seeking durable solution to the plight of refugees and IDPs and also urged Nigerians to show love to them.
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