The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has revealed that so far, not less than 106 Chibok girls and 11,894 hostages have been saved from the Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army.
The minister speaking at a 2-day retreat organised by the ministry that held at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos.
According to the minister: “More than 12,000 Boko Haram captives have been freed, the figure includes the 106 Chibok girls that were abducted in 2014.
“But that figure of success notwithstanding, more needed to be done to consolidate the efforts to sustain the peace and security currently enjoyed.”
“For more to be achieved, the military components of the ministry and the civilians must work hard, understand each other and have mutual respect and trust.
“The combined efforts of members of the armed forces had successfully degraded the Boko Haram insurgents, making it difficult for members to regroup and carry out organised attacks,” he said.
In his remarks, Plateau Governor Simon Lalong described the retreat, targeted at enhancing the civil-military relationship, as “apt and of great significance”.
Lalong said: “Plateau had had its share of security challenges and had seen seen how collaborations between the military and civilians had ensured quick resolution of internal conflicts.”