The Defence headquarters on Thursday confirmed that over 13 strongholds of Boko Haram members, including the notorious Tokumbere camp in Sambisa forest, have been captured by Nigerian troops.
He added that several other camps have been overrun and destroyed.
Some of the destroyed camps, according to the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, include, Wulari Bukar, Gangala, Anguwar Bakwai, Jigide, Kotorima, Lagura Bello and Lagina Fulani.
Major-General Olukolade, who addressed journalists yesterday, further disclosed that several field commanders and foot soldiers of the terrorist group had died, while several weapons belonging to the terrorists had been destroyed. These include armoured personnel carriers, Bufallo vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft guns, a truck and several Hilux vehicles.
While stating that the true identities of some of the women and girls rescued from the terrorists this week were yet to be ascertained, Olukolade pointed out that the priority at the moment is their movement to a conducive place where they are now undergoing thorough profiling. The military authorities are working on verifying where the rescued people come from and how they found themselves in the forest, among others.
The Army chief vowed that the momentum of the operation being carried out by the troops in Sambisa will be sustained until the forest is comprehensively cleaned out and all Nigerians held captive there are rescued.