The Borno Police Command has rescued herdsmen and over 200 cattle from Boko Haram insurgents at Nganzai Local Government Area of the state.
This was disclosed by the Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, while briefing newsmen at the end of monthly police officers’ meeting on Monday in Maiduguri.
Chukwu said the herdsmen were rescued on Feb. 2, by a joint operation between the police and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), at Galte Forest in the area.
He explained that the operation was conducted following a tip-off, which indicated that the insurgents had held a number of herdsmen hostage and were demanding for ransom.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area led a successful operation and engaged the insurgent’s in gun battle.
“The police rescued the herdsmen and their animals while the insurgents fled. The police recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and five round of ammunition”, he said.