The Defence headquarters (DHQ), on Thursday disclosed that the military intercepted over 13 million liters of crude and refined petroleum products put together, at the creeks of Niger Delta valued at a cost of over $2.7million.
This is just as the Defence headquarters stated that over 82 Zamfara terrorists were neutralized while many others sustained various degree of injuries after the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji carried out air interdiction/engagement in Zamfara state with heavy bombardment which destroyed the terrorists concentration camp.
Also, troops on 27 June 2022 discovered the hideout of the late Double Lion, a notorious terrorist and wanted terrorist after a shot out lesding to the elimination of one criminal member of his gang in South Eastern part, Nigeria.
Major General Bernard Onyeuko, Director, Defence Media Operations made this known during a media briefing on Thursday at the Defence Headquarters Abuja on operational activities of troops.
He said, “The troops of Operation Dakatar Da Barawo between 17 and 19 June 2022 carried out anti-illegal bunkering, oil theft and other sundry operations at various parts of Delta and Rivers States. Several wooden boats, storage tanks, dugout pits laden with illegal refined Automotive Gas Oil were discovered.
“The total of nine hundred and thirty thousand (930,000) litres of automotive gas oil and one million, one hundred and fifty thousand (1,150,000) litres of stolen crude oil was discovered.
“Similarly, Operation OCTOPUS GRIP between 16 – 26 June 2022 2022 carried out massive anti-illegal bunkering, oil refining and crude oil theft in various parts of the South -South Zone.
“Several storage tanks, dugout pits, oven, boats laden with both crude oil and illegal refined products were discovered by the troops.
“Within this period a total of Two Million One Hundred and Forty Four Thousand (2,144,000) litres of Automotive Gao Oil, two million six hundred and sixty (2,660,000) litres of stolen crude oil, fourteen thousand (14,000) liters of premium motor spirit and fourteen thousand (14,000) litres of dual purpose kerosine were discovered. Also, 21 criminals involved in this criminal activities were arrested.
“Cumulatively, in the South South Zone in the fight against oil thieves and illegal oil refining a total of three million and seventy four thousand (3,074,000) litres of automotive gas oil, three million eight hundred and ten thousand (3,810,000) litres of crude oil, fourteen thousand (14,000) litres of premium motor spirit and fourteen thousand (14,000) litres of dual purpose kerosine was discovered.
“Also, 26 oil thieves were arrested, 29 vehicles, 68 wooden boats, 9 speed boats amongst other equipments were impounded”.
“The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji carried out air interdiction on 22 June 22 at Kofar Danya Village in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“Following report about the planned attack on Kofar Danya Village, the air component mobilized to the location and sighted over One Hundred and Fifty (150) terrorists converged under a thick vegetation.
“Accordingly, Nigerian Air Force platforms engaged the terrorists with heavy bombardment which destroyed the terrorists concentration camp.
“Consequently, credible feedback from the locals around Kofar Danya disclosed that over Eighty Two (82) of the terrorists suffered heavy casualties as many of them were neutralized while other sustained various degree of injuries.
Also, “Troops of Forward Operation Base Bakura Operation Hadarin Daji responded to distress call of terrorists activities at Rafin Dankura in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“Troops engaged the terrorists in a shoot out who were trying to abduct innocent civilians. After the encounter troops were able to rescue the six (6) kidnapped civilians and neutralised 2 bandits in the process. Items recovered includes 2 AK 47, one 36 Hand grenade, 2 Cell phones and the sum two hundred and nineteen thousand (211,915.00).
In the North Central, “Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke while on patrol at Udei general area in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State impounded a trailer with registration number ABUJA KWL 846 XB along Udei-Makurdi Lafia road fully loaded with cut to size vandalized rail tracks and sleepers.
“Consequently, all the 7 persons on board the vehicle were arrested. The vehicle and the suspects were handed over to the relevant authority for further action.
“Relatedly, troops arrested one Mr Ardo Manu Abdulrahman Marenewo a suspected gun runner who specialized in leasing of arms to kidnappers and other criminal elements in Taraba State. Item recovered from the suspect includes 4 cell phones and the sum of Seventy Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Naira (74,340.00).
“Also at Zaki Ibiam troops conducted raid operations at a kidnappers hideout Maraba in Ukyongu Ityuluv Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State in the process one Mr Ichen Gbaka aged 65 years and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka a bandit collaborator were arrested.
“Similarly, on 24 June 2024 troops on clearance patrol arrested Four(4) suspected kidnappers at Igumale Council Ward of Ado Local Government Area Benue State All arrested criminals have been handed over to the Police for further necessary action.
“Furthermore, on 26 June 2022 own troops carried out a raid operation at a bandits hide out at Mbahuwuhe village in Utange council ward in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue state.
“During the operation 3 bandits were neutralized and a kidnapped civilian Mr Auva Tisa who was on blind fold in the hideout was rescued with injuries and he is presently undergoing treatment. Some items including 1 motorcycle, 2 cell phones among others were recovered before the hideout was brought down.
In Jos, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven arrested 2 suspected gun runners. Messrs Augustine Davou Nyam and Pam Nyam (AKA TRIGGER) during an operation at Zawan and Du Communities.
“On 24 and 25 June 2022 troops recovered one locally fabricated AK47 rifle, one dane gun and 3 cutlasses, and arrested two notorious criminals, Mr Rufai Usman and Abubakar Ahmed were arrested by troops at Ex-ladi general area.
“Also, On 28 June 2022 based on credible intelligence troops conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized one Mr Safiyanu Bala 25 years notorious bandit and kidnapper. Same day troops on fighting patrol in pursuit of 2 suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motorcycle.
“Troops recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others.
“Also, on 28 June 2022 in Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant. Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians; 2 females and a male.
“Similarly, on the same day troops arrested 10 armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan Town, Jema’a Local Government Area Kaduna State. Items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattrasses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others. The suspected criminals are presently undergoing interrogations.
In the North East, “Troops of Operation Hadin Kai carried out several operational activities in Buduwa, Bama-Pulka road, Tuwe Village, Konduga-Kawuri road, Brema in Damboa Motor Park, Tashangoto, Benishek, Kukaneta all in Borno.
“On 17 and 18 June 2022 troops of 152 Battalion at Buduwa in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State encountered fleeing Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province fighters and engaged the terrorists and in the encounter 7 of the terrorists were neutralized and 14 rustled cattle and 3 bicycles were recovered.
“On 21 June 2022 troops arrested some terrorist collaborators and logistics suppliers. Mallam Abacha Usman was arrested at Benshek, Mallam Ibrahim Gira along Damboa – Biu Road and Mallam Ibrahim Gira a notorious terrorist petroleum supplier.
“Consequently, troops neutralized 11 terrorists, arrested 11 and recovered 14 rustled cattle, 2 AK47 rifles, 3 bicycles, 2 locally made guns, 90 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 1 golf 2 cars.
“Also, members of Boko Haram terrorists have continued to surrendered to own troops at different locations in the theatre. Between 1 – 15 June 2022 a total of 4,770 of them comprising 864 adult males, 1,415 women and 2,490 children.
“All surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province members and families were profiled and documented while all arrested and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authority for further actions.”
In the South East, “On 25 June 2022 a combined team of security agencies led by 302 Artillery Regiment carried out Raid operation on proscribed Independent People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network camps at Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area.
“After a fierce gun battle two of the criminals were neutralized. Several items were recovered from their camp which includes 2 AK47 rifles, 2 pump action rifles, one dane gun, 3 magazines, 5 water gel Improvised Explosive Device, 3 generator sets, one SUV and 2 cell phones.
“Furthermore, on 27 June 2022 own troops discovered a notorious hide of late Double Lion a notorious terrorist after a shot out one criminal member of the gang was neutralized. Items recovered from the camp include one dane gun, 8 vehicles (different makes). All recovered items are in own custody.”