- Minister of Defence Mansur Ali has revealed the number of the people freed from Boko Haram captivity including over 100 Chibok girls
- Ali says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration freed over 100 Chibok girls in two batches
- According to the minister, Nigerian government has to dialogue with Boko Haram before the recent success of the government in freeing the 82 Chibok girls
The Minister of Defence Mansur Ali on Tuesday, May 16, said Boko Haram insurgency has killed about 100,000 people since 2009.
Ali said the Nigerian government also freed not less than 12,000 from Boko Haram captivity.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the freed people were mainly women and children.
The minister said those freed include the over 100 Chibok girls freed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in two batches.
According to him, the latest batch of released 82 Chibok girls were freed in a swap deal with the Boko Haram with detained members of the group also released by the government.
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In a related vein, NAIJ.com reported earlier that Nigerian Army troops stationed at Forward Operation Base in Potiskum arrested a suspected notorious Boko Haram commander in Yobe state.
The suspect, a 35-year-old man called Abubaka Adamu, popularly known as 'Pepper', was arrested around New Prison area in Potiskum local government area, Yobe state.
NAIJ.com learnt that Adamu was arrested on Sunday, May 14, by the Troops of 233 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade, of the Nigerian army.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of President Muhammadu Buhari in meeting with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram Islamist militants