A statement by army spokesman, Sani Usman, said the suspected terrorists were being investigated and screened for more information.

Mr. Usman said the army had also apprehended another person whose arm was chopped off by the terrorists on the suspicion of theft.

“Bulama Bukar, whose right hand was amputated by the terrorists in Sambisa about a year ago based on allegation of stealing a bag of beans, was intercepted by our troops at Jebra bridge today with his family,” he said.

The spokesman also revealed that the military was pushing for the final defeat of Boko Haram terrorists, the fight against the terrorists as most of the camps were falling to government troops.

“The advancing troops have captured the villages of Jerre and Dipchari and have destroyed the terrorists camps located in those areas.

“The troops in the Bama axis have rescued yet another 62 people fleeing from Bitti and Pulka. The troops are also combing all known enclaves of the terrorists within Bama, Banki and Pulka general area.

“In addition, due to the offensive action of the military, another fleeing 22 women 15 men and 40 children arrived Bama today.

“The rescued persons looking haggard, dejected and obviously malnourished are being catered for by the troops pending the intervention of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“Meanwhile, the persons have been cooperating with the military as they have been giving useful information that is assisting our troops in their offensive operations,” Mr. Usman said.

He also said military engineers were making tremendous progress in the repairs of the bridge linking Maiduguri and Gamboru Ngala that was blown by Boko Haram terrorists.

Mr. Usman, a colonel, said the bridge repairs would soon be completed.

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