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Army says it doesn’t have facilities to cater for freed Sambisa captives; hands them over to NEMA

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Army says it doesn’t have facilities to cater for freed Sambisa captives; hands them over to NEMA

by Dare Lawal

On Saturday, the Nigerian Military handed over 275 women and children who it rescued from the Sambisa forest last week to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for rehabilitation.

Acting commander of the 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, Col. ABA Popoola who did the handing over on behalf of the military, said that the army had no facilities to take care of the women and children rescued from Boko Haram’s camps in Sambisa forest.

He charged NEMA to take adequate care of these victims of terror.

Responding, the Director, Search and Rescue Operations of NEMA, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade (rtd), promised that the agency would adequately take care of the rescued internally displaced peoples (IDPs).

He said that most of the rescued persons had sustained various degrees of injuries, including fractures and dislocations.

“So far, 22 of the rescued IDPs had been rushed to the hospitals.” Otegbade said, adding that all the victims had been properly documented.

He commended the Nigerian Army for having rescued a large number of abducted persons from the Boko Haram’s camps in Sambisa forest.

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