Seventeen members of the Boko Haram sect were intercepted by a team of vigilantes in Damboa on Tuesday.
A team of local vigilantes in Damboa led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of the town while on patrol on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
This was contained in a statement issued by Colonel Sani Usman, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations.
The statement reads: "During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they were Boko Haram terrorists group members that were compelled to join the insurgency against their will and that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.
"They attributed their decision to give up their nefarious activities to the continued military onslaught of their members.
"Further screening has confirmed 17 of them as hardened Boko Haram terrorists trying to escape and infiltrate the society."
Similarly, a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and 3 Civilian JTF, while on clearance patrol, intercepted a Golf car with registration number BX 508 RBC, suspected to be carrying suppliers of logistics such as spare parts and Improvised Explosives making Devices materials to Boko Haram terrorists along Kayamla general area on Tuesday morning.
The suspected suppliers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on sighting the patrol team. The vehicle and its contents has been recovered to nearby military location.
Meanwhile, Soldiers of the Nigerian Army rescued 53 people during an operation in Borno State
The troops, attached to the 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade killed two terrorists and arrested another.