Army thwarts ransom payment to terrorists in Borno

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Troops of the 251 Task Force Battalion of Operation Fire Ball (OPFB) have thwarted the payment of N2million ransom to Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

The troops, acting on credible intelligence, intercepted terrorists and relations of kidnapped persons in the Maiduguri/Molai axis to forestall the payment of ransom to Boko Haram.

In a statement yesterday in Maiduguri, the state capital, the acting Director, Defence Media
Operations, Brig-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, said: “In a swift reaction, the gallant troops engaged the terrorists, forcing them to abort the collections of the ransom payment of N2million.”

He added that during the encounter, the armed kidnappers also abandoned their captives for whose release the ransom was to be paid, as instructed, on the Maiduguri/Molai axis.

On casualties, he disclosed that a Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist was neutralised, while others escaped with gunshot wounds towards Sambisa Forests along Maiduguri/Damboa road.

Onyeuko noted that one AK-47 rifle and a motorcycle were recovered along with the N2million, saying the captives, including two women and three children, were safely rescued by troops.

He urged the troops not to rest on their oars, but build on the successes recorded in the frontlines of Sambisa Forest, assuring residents of the northeast of the military’s determination to rout remnants of terrorists from their enclaves.