Many of people stopped at the border during the aforementioned period of time are believed to be the unsuspecting victims of human trafficking rings and are prevented from leaving Nigeria for their own sake.
The Nigerian military has announced the release of hundreds of people held captive by Boko Haram in recent months, especially in the notorious Sambisa forest, a longtime Islamist stronghold now affiliated with the Islamic State group.
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The four lawmakers said Washington would provide more support for the fight against the group, which has killed thousands of people in its drive to set up an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, if alleged abuses are investigated and perpetrators punished.
“The attackers burnt down some houses and killed seven persons in the village situated along Konduga-Maiduguri road”, Opadokun said. “Some had been shot in the back, which means they were fleeing when the terrorists killed them”, Musa said.
Villagers described how dozens of gunmen on motorbikes stormed Tadagara and Dunbulwa villages, 170 kilometres (100 miles) from Yobe state capital Damaturu, from Wednesday night through to the following morning.
Nigerian troops have rescued at least 178 hostages from Boko Haram following a military operation over the weekend that dismantled a number of the group’s camps in northeastern Borno State, according to an army spokesman.
“The attack happened around 6:30 am (0530 GMT) as the grocers were arriving in the market which starts early”, said Babakura Kolo, a vigilante helping the Nigerian army combat Boko Haram jihadists in the region.
The statement assured that NAF will continue to give all necessary support to the ground force through its intensified and persistent efforts in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East until all portions of Nigerian soil is safe and free from the insurgents.
Meanwhile, suspected Boko Haram insurgents early Tuesday killed at least nine people and kidnapped dozens, including children and teenagers, from a village in Cameroun on the border with Nigeria, according to local leader.