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, NEMA has announced.
The rescued women and children traumatised and malnourished by their ordeal were immediately taken to Malkohi Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Yola for profiling and were provided with food, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, soap and detergents, Sani Datti Snr, the information officer of NEMA said.
“On behalf of the Nigerian Army I want to hand over 275 rescued women and children that we rescued from Sambisa forest to the National Emergency Management Agency for care and welfare,” the Commander 23 Armoured Brigade, Col. Aba Popoola, said.
The rescued women and children comprised of 69 women, 14 girls, 26 male children aged 6-12years, 49 male children aged 5years, 48 female children aged 0-5years and 69 female aged 6-12years, 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.