The 23 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army based in Yola, Adamawa State, has handed over 275 rescued women and children from the insurgents in Sambisa forest to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for rehabilitation.
A statement issued on Sunday by the agency’s Senior Information Officer, Sani Datti, said the rescued women and children who were traumatized and malnourished by their ordeal were immediately taken to Malkohi IDP camp in Yola for profiling and were provided with food, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and detergents.
Earlier, the Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, Col. Aba Popoola, said: “On behalf of the Nigerian Army I want to hand over 275 women and children that we rescued from Sambisa forest to the National Emergency Management Agency for care and welfare”.
Statistically, the rescued women and children comprised 69 women, 14 girls, 26 male children aged 6-12 years, 49 male children aged 5 years, 48 female children aged 0-5years and 69 females aged 6-12 years, while 21 injured people are on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola.
Receiving the rescued people, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, who was represented by Director Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, said the rescued women and children need special attention and that the agency had made all the necessary arrangements with relevant stakeholders for trauma counseling and other forms of assistance to enable them recover and return to normal life.