Air force Airlifts rescued hostages from Sambisa forest

Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has airlifted rescued hostages who had been in the captivity of the boko haram terrorists.

This followed  concerted efforts by air and ground elements against boko haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest, which led to the capture of Camp Zairo.

The Director Public Relations and Information, NAF ,Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbor Adesanya said “the rescued hostages,  including the aged, women as well as children, were airlifted to the 105 Composite Group, Maiduguri  by the NAF Agusta 109 helicopter.”  

Adesaya noted that  the NAF Base in Maiduguri and the NAF Medical Team, which were on standby, conducted preliminary medical checks on the rescued hostages and also provided them with medical treatment prior to the process of integrating them into the larger society.

The rescued hostages, who were all looking tired and malnourished after the period of captivity, were fed by the NAF.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed that those with serious medical cases should be immediately placed on admission to ensure they were adequately cared for.

“This is in furtherance of the NAF’s resolute efforts at winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of the locals, as part of an overall campaign strategy,” CAS said.

He said over 300, 000 IDPs have benefited from NAF’s medical outreach programmes spread across Nigeria.

He added that the NAF would continue to airlift the rescued hostages and provide them with the needed initial succor.

The NAF, under its current leadership, has been rendering humanitarian services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East and other parts of the country as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Confidence Okwuchi