Troop’s of the Nigerian Military in continuation of operations to rid the North East and North West of enemies of the country, have neutralized a total of 27 terrorist’s and bandits in several gun fight’s while over 100 people held captive were rescued from their camps.
Also, a total of 40 terrorist’s and bandit’s collaborator’s were arrested and handed over to appropriate authorities for further action.
Meanwhile, as part of its non-kinetic effort’s to tackle headlong, the problem of banditry attack’s and kidnapping in Southern Kaduna, Operation Safe Haven, the Special Military Task Force in Jos, has trained and graduated graduated 122 local vigilantes to assist security agencies to ensure security of hinterland communities in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Similarly, troop’s of Nigerian Navy fighting against economic sabotage and oil bunkering have in the last two week’s discovered and destroyed 40 illegal refineries, 165 metal storage tanks, 72 ovens, 23 dug out pits, 5 wooden boat’s in the Niger Delta region.
Director of Defence Media Operation, Major General Bernard Onyeuko who made this known at a briefing in Abuja, also noted that several arms and ammunition were recovered including 10 AK 47 rifles, 5 AK 56 rifles, 2 FN rifles, 227 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 7 AK 47 magazines, 1 AA gun, 164 rounds of AA ammunition, 111 Shilka ammunition, 1 gun truck, and 1 shilka barrel.
Onyeuko said, “Troop’s of Operation Hadin Kai on 23 May 2022, in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force at Amdaga, Balazola, Ndakaine, Jango, Sabah and Gobara in Gwozaq Local Government Area of Borno State cleared terrorists hideout and during the encounter, the terrorists fled in disarray due to the superior fire power of own troops abandoning their properties and family members.
“Also, on 23 May 2022, troops conducted patrol along Old Marter road in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, recovered a dump truck vehicle belonging to Borno State Road Maintenance Agency that was stolen in February 2021 by the terrorists.
“Similarly, troops on fighting patrol along Ashigashiya, Kodele, and Apagaluwa in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State encountered terrorists herders who engaged troops in a fierce gun battle, the terrorists fled due to troops superior fire power while troops recovered 40 sheeps during exploitation.
“Troops also conducted robust, aggressive patrol, ambushes and clearance operation in Zuyel-Wuno area along Shelmi Mountain, Dugushewu village, Gwoza, Limankare Old Marte, Sabah, Kancorner, Gamboru Wulgo road, Charaman, Pulka-Kwadale road, Mairamri Tumbun Rago, Tumbum Dilla and Jamina, Kawuri Sibiri, Kuwaiti, Miya village all in Borno State.
“On 31 May 2022, troops repelled attack by terrorists at Firm Base Arege in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State during the attacked troops responded with superior fire power and inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists while other fled in disarray.
“Troops also neutralized 14 terrorists and arrested 15. Troops also rescued 100 terrorists family members which included 33 women.
“All arrested, rescued terrorist families and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.
“In Operation Safe Haven, as part of its non-kinetic measures towards ensuring security of lives and property in the troubled parts of Kaduna State, the Theatre Command on 21 May 2022 graduated 122 local vigilantes trained to assist the security agencies to ensure security of hinterland communities in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“He charged the trained vigilantes to be good ambassadors of their communities and discharge their duties effectively devoid of sentiment; he stressed the need to imbibe the tenets of equality, fairness and neutrality in discharging their duties.
“Furthermore, the Commander held peace meetings at the Headquarters of Operation Safe Haven with Bemood Fulani Stakeholders in order to sustain peace in the area.
“The meeting was centered on the killing and rustling of cattles at Kuru area in Jos Souh Local Government Area of Plateau State, he urged the herders to be patient as efforts are ongoing to recover the rustled cows.
“In attendance were the Chairman Riyom Local Government Area, Member representing Riyom in the State House of Assembly, Miyetti Allah members and other community leaders from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“Troops in Operation Hadarin Daji theater of operations, on 22 May 2022, following credible information about terrorists heading towards Dampo village in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State, mobilized and laid in wait at bandit crossing point, gun battle ensued between the bandits and troops, bandits fled in disarray due to superior fire power following the attack troops recovered 292 cattle and 1 camel.
“Also, on 21 May 2022, following credible intelligence report, troops arrested a notorious foreigner Jabe Buba a terrorist informant at Garuwa village in Tambuwa Local Government Area of Sokoto State pictures and video of him posting rifles in the forest were found in phone and cash of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira (N130,000.00) was recovered from him.
“Troops also conducted operational activities in Maidabino, Mahuta, Yantamaki, Mahuta Makal village in Dan Musa Local Government Area, Batsari Jibia road-Jibia road in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“Other locations include Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi road, Anka Market in Magaza town in Zamfara State and Kaikaza village in Sokoto State respectively.
“Consequently, within the weeks under review troops recovered 9 AK 47 rifles, 100 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions, 458 rustled cattle 20 motorcycles, troops also rescued 152 civilians, neutralized 18 bandits and apprehended 25 bandits.
“All arrested, rescued civilians and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.
“Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on 24 May responded to a distress call on kidnapping incident along Road Zakibia-Ugba, own troops made contact with the criminals.
“After a gun battle, the leader of the group one Mr Odada and 2 others the kidnappers who were all dressed in military uniform were neutralized.
“The victim one Mr Chimaobi Omemma a businessman was rescued, items recovered include 1 AK 47 rifle, 3 fully loaded magazines (90 rounds of 7.62mm special), 1 Toyota Corolla vehicle and an ATM card bearing Felix Terzenqwe. All recovered items are still in custody.
“Similarly, on 29 May 2022 a distress call was received of a bandit terrorizing local at Bowa in Doma Local Government Area of Nassarawa State.
“After a hot pursuit one Mr Adamu Akure was captured at Ijiwo junction in Rukubu. Items recovered include 1 locally made pistol, several cartridge amongst others.
“The arrested criminal is presently under interrogations. Also, a notorious gun runner Mr Morris Ayitu was arrested after a raid at his residence in Abirisi in Guma Local Government Area also arrested are his wife and an accomplice Mr Julius Aseni.
In the Niger Delta “Troops in Operation Octopus Grip in conjunction with Operation Delta Safe conducted operational activities in creeks, towns and communities in locations such as Mosogar, Jesse, Warri Road in Eihiope West Local Government Area, Banga, Modangho creek in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Other locations are Okubotowa creek in Akassa Brass Local Government Area, Ikebiri Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“Other areas include Gawthrone channel in Bonny Local Government Area of River State, Akpabiyo Local Government Area in Cross River State and Effiat water ways Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State.
“Cumulatively, within the period under review, troops discovered and destroyed 40 illegal refineries, 165 metal storage tanks, 72 ovens, 23 dug out pits, 5 wooden boats,
“Also, recovered are One Million One Hundred and Seven Thousand Four Hundred (1,107,400) litres of crude oil, Four Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty (456,450) litres of AGO, Six Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty (6,250) litres of PMS, 6 trucks, 3 outbound engines, 1 AK 47 rifles, troops also apprehended 21 criminal elements.
“All recovered items and apprehended criminals were handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.”