Troop’s deal decisive blow on BHT/ISWAP terrorists; neutralize many, foil attempted infiltration of Biu town in Borno; As COAS presents 14 New Hilux vehicles to living heroes on AFRDC.

The  Nigerian Armu said on Sunday that troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force (JTF)  North East (NE) Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) at the weekend dealt decisively with Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, who made frantic attempt to infiltrate the ancient town of Biu, Borno State.  

“The criminal elements met their Waterloo, when the gallant troops of 231 Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment  swiftly routed them in a failed incursion at Maina Hari village in Biu on Saturday15 January 2022”, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement.

“In the intense battle, troops unleashed superior fire power on the terrorists, neutralizing five BH/ISWAP terrorists, compelling others to withdraw in disarray.

“The gallant troops also captured  from the terrorists, one gun truck, one Deshka M  Anti Aircraft Gun, one HK 21 Machine Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Bomb, 137 rounds of 12.7mm Anti-Aircraft Rounds amongst others.

“Troops are currently in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists.
Meanwhile, in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) 2022 on Saturday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya presented brand new Hilux Vehicles to 14  living heroes of the Nigerian Army for having served the nation, when their services were mostly needed. 

The COAS added that the presentation was in honour and recognition of the sacrifices of both the fallen heroes and veterans who are still alive for their services to the Nigerian Army (NA), the nation and humanity.

The presentation was done nationwide, across all formations of the NA to signpost the significance of the celebration. 

Presenting the vehicles on behalf of the COAS to one of the beneficiaries, the Provost Marshal (PM), Army, Major General Robert Aiyenigba stated that Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration provided an opportunity for retrospection and  appreciation of the patriotism and  sacrifices demonstrated by both veterans and fallen heroes. 

“It is in appreciation of their services that the COAS presents these vehicles to the retirees” he stated.

Gen Aiyenigba further pointed out, that the gesture is an affirmation of the high premium, the COAS places on welfare of personnel. 

The Provost Marshal symbolically handed over the keys and official documents of a brand new Hilux Vehicle to the former Regimental Sergeant Major, Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police (NACMP),  Ex Army Warrant Officer Akinyokun Felix, on the occasion of his retirement after 35 years of meritorious service to the nation. 

In his response for the kind gesture, Ex MWO Akinyokun Felix thanked the COAS for finding them worthy of the award, describing it as a morale booster to them and those they left in service. 

He added that they will continue to support the NA to succeed in  her constitutional mandate, even in retirement.



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