The Nigerian Army on Monday says it rescued 58 women used as sex slaves by the Boko Haram insurgents in Modu Kimeri, in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. Also rescued were 75 children and 15 men.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri.
Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel, said that the women were rescued by troops of 21 Brigade supported by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole.
“The troops rescued the hostages during an extensive Clearance Operation on Sunday, 3 June 2018, to rid the general area of Bama, Modu Kimeri and Gulumba Gana of fleeing elements of Boko Haram terrorists who had escaped from the ongoing troops’ onslaught in the Lake Chad Islands and fringes of the northern borders of Borno State.
“The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 Women and 75 Children revealed during a joint profiling and interrogations by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and other security agencies, that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves,” he said.
He said that two pregnant teenage girls were among the rescued persons.
“The rescued persons further disclosed that the men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labour while in the captivity of the terrorists.
“They will be promptly handed over to officials of Bama Internally Displaced Persons Camp for welfare and administration,” he said.