A Cameroonian military convoy led by a Chinese-built Type 07A IFV on the move in the terror-afflicted Far North region.

19 August, 2014

At least 11 young Cameroonians who had been captured by Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group managed to escape their captors and return home, a security source said Tuesday.

The former hostages, aged between seven and 15 years old, had been kidnapped by the militant group during a cross-border attack on Cameroon’s northern town of Kolofata late last month, the source said. The kidnapped youths were able to escape their captors and return home earlier this week, the source added

“The boys say they were detained near Madagali,a town in Adamawa State, Nigeria. After taking them from Cameroon, Boko Haram had enrolled them at a Quranic school,” the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity. “Days later, the school was attacked by unknown persons and they [the boys] took advantage of the confusion to escape,” he added.

On their way back home, the boys reached Vizik, a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon, from where they managed to secure a lift across the border, according the same source. The 11 boys have since been handed over to the Cameroonian security services, which are still holding them for questioning.

“The story of their escape is not consistent; their journey from Nigeria to Cameroon is not clear,” the source said. He went on to voice fears that they had not actually escaped but rather had been “enlisted” by Boko Haram to carry out attacks in Cameroon.

“They have provided no clear location of their place of detention in Nigeria.They gave no clue to the fate of others abducted in the same attack,including the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali or even Kolofata Mayor Seiny Boukar Lamine,” he added. The militant group has already been blamed for several previous cross-border attacks.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden” in Nigeria’s local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption. The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.

In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.


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  1. jimmy says:

    Don’t know what to believe except that the wife of the p.m. is still being held.

  2. giles says:

    which p.m pls

  3. Prinx Arthur says:

    cameroun is not cooperating,so the best option is to garrison our borders in huge numbers,so that when we Chase the bokos,there would be no room for escape

  4. jimmy says:

    @ oga giles the wife of the prime minister who still remains in captivity despite PREMIUM TIMES bid for CHEAP PUBLICITY

  5. Henry says:

    Is the P.M’s wife still missing, i thought the camerounians had rescued her?

  6. beegeagle says:

    Mrs Amadou Ali, wife of the Vice Premier neither escaped from her captors nor was she liberated by any Cameroonian special forces. The rumour was started by BBC Hausa and spread by Premium Times. All of that to make the Nigerian military look bad in the eyes of our people.



    What about the BBC and VOA? The VOA were okay until they let in Heather Murdock who does not know whether to be an objective journalist or a compromised activist? She was deported from Ethiopia over her partisan and cynical reportage, wasn’t she?

    The BBC chose to be partisan and rabidly anti-government and they boxed themselves into a corner by rubbishing their reputation. NO? Did I write these?




    ALL of that to put the FG and the military under duress…as per, see what small Cameroon can do? Well, you all lied because the wife of the Cameroonian Vice Premier is still in BH custody.


    Blame the BBC for deviating from core journalistic ethics. They have a reprehensible Nigeria Agenda. Even now, have they not jettisoned their activist hordes in Syria seeing that Assad’s forces are about to be used as bulwark against ISIS? You Nigerian hirelings shall yet get left in the lurch soon enough.


    • Augustine says:

      ….and British Tornado jets are coming to Nigeria? True or false I don’t know….but why should Nigeria wine and dine with those put sand in our gari on the same table? Our type of friendship is best continued while we eat dinner separately 12 feet apart.

      What do Nigerian ambassadors do when news media in their countries of assignment malign and slander Nigeria at random? What’s the job of an ambassador? Issuing visa alone and feeding fat on national resources paid to them in dollars and pounds sterling? The cannot work to defend their country’s image? The people who benefit from Nigeria’s wealth the most, actually contribute the least, relative to what they suck from Nigeria’s milk and honey.

      Now that ISIS has beheaded the young American journalist shown on video worldwide, we know who has been cutting innocent captives throats in the Amnesty video, and now Nigerian military PR machinery plus our diplomatic corp overseas do not know how to score points with that.

      Anyway, I have warned that Boko Haram and ISIS seem to be communicating as their modus operandi begins to synchronize, ISIS holds territory, Boko copy am . Pray their communication does not lead to cooperation or else we go sweat.

      NAF, wake up, wey una Super Tucanos in two full squadrons? This week, US Navy/Marine jets attacked 35 ISIS targets in 3 days, wasted ISIS vehicles and armour, enough damage to allow Iraqi Kurds take some land from ISIS and also reduced the rape and murder of Iraqi Christians in those areas liberated.

      Better go park those tired Alpha jets trainer things leading attack team of a whole Nigeria since 1980, abeg go bring in Night Combat equipped Mi-35 Hinds and Super Tucanoes. Those current Mi-24 Hinds should be limited to day time operation, no time to release and ship them overseas for Night fighting capability upgrades.

      Nobody should allow RAF Tornadoes in any combat role, they can help with recce and go back home. I even prefer screened and vetted loyal, patriotic local bush hunters sef. No come give oyinbo temporary military base on Arewa land.

      Abi kilode, same UK that harbored billion pounds of looted Nigerian treasury in their oyinbo bank while our people drink gari ijebu without sugar in Ajegunle and Ijora slums.

      Fimi sile jare Britico fimi sile, kada ka dame ni.

  7. Henry says:

    Wow Oga Jimmy, thanks. Saharareporters and premiumtimes parroted the story of her fairy tale rescue, with detailed commando styled reportage.

    Thanks Oga Beeg, these are the same issues i was highlighting in the other thread. These people report on nigeria with a narrow, simplistic, bigoted mindset.

  8. peccavi says:

    To be fair to Sahara and Premium Times, the Camerounians simply did a Chibok and claimed they had rescued her.
    I never understood the logic of these claims, which are so easily disproved

  9. Eugene4eveR says:

    Öga Peccavi, abeg which one be “……..simply did a Chibok and claimed they had rescued her”? Are you trying to say that the Mysterious, no WAEC records, 200+ girls abducted from a village school while writing physics exams never existed?

  10. Oje says:

    BBC,CNN and other liberal media houses are worse than terrorists. See the lynch mob black vs white mind game CNN is playing with the Ferguson shooting all in the name of keeping the story alive.

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