The Army said on Wednesday it intercepted 37 people suspected to be wives and children of Boko Haram militants after they escaped from the insurgents’ custody.
A statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said 30 escapees were intercepted on Tuesday at Gujba local government area of Yobe.
Usman said they comprised eight women and 22 children.
“On preliminary interrogation, the suspects claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ custody at Kafa and Abagajiri villages in Damboa local government area of Borno,’’ he said.
The army spokesman said the other seven persons that included women and children were intercepted on Tuesday at Kamuya in Yobe.
“They claimed that they escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout at Goropcha village, Damboa local government area of Borno.
“Both sets of escapees are currently being screened and profiled,’’ Usman said.