A rescue operation freed 1,000 civilians and killed about 100 terrorists in Borno State on Monday, according to Deputy Governor Usman Mamman Durkwa.
The details of the incident were confirmed by Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA) Chairman Muhammad Ali who was reportedly in the company of Borno State Deputy Governor Durkwa when the news broke.
Mr. Ali noted that the military has done a good job of rescuing more than a thousand women and children trapped by the insurgents in Garidawaji and Mamawari villages of Dikwa LGA, and to secure the lives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the camp.
He described Boboshe as a Boko Haram stronghold noting that the militants typically meet weekly at a local market. According to Mr. Ali, Boko Haram insurgents also use civilians as human shields.
However, on Monday, the Nigerian army planned their attack on the market at a time when they believed the market would be busy.
Mr. Durkwa said the purpose of his visit to the Dikwa camp was to discover methods to depopulate the the camp. He noted that many of the IDPs have indicated that they are ready to go back to their various LGAs.
He told our correspondent, “we have discussed the issue with the military and they promised to protect our people, we will try to see how to reduce the number of people at the camp because the number of the people at camp is rising every day.”
“So as people are willing to go back their various local government then we shall provide necessary logistics to make them feel comfortable for them,” he explained.
The Northeast Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammed Kannar, said foodstuffs and medication for the IDPs were on its way. Mr. Kannar noted that buses and trailers were provided to transport the IDPs, and their belongings, to their LGA of origin.
The military also deployed a mobile clinic and medical team to provide medical treatment. In addition, trenches were dug at various locations to provide fortification.
As part of the effort to depopulate the IDP camp, the NEMA is working with the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) and has begun to move IDPs to new camps set up in Ngala, Marte, Bama, and Mafa LGAs of Borno State.
A SaharaReporters correspondent gathered that presently Dikwa camp has more than 53,000 people in the camp which had overstretched the facilities there.