Troops eliminate 2 notorious Armed Robbery Kingpins in Plateau; As Precision Air strikes kills many Boko Haram terrorists, destroys their meeting venue in at Mainyakare, Borno
Two wanted and notorious armed robbery Kingpins who had been terrorizing residents of Plateau state and Environs with their gang members have been eliminated in a gun battle with troops of Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven.
This is just as air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole killed several Boko Haram fighters and obliterated their assembly point at Mainyakare, Borno state.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche confirmed the military Offensives in a statement on Friday.
Gen Enenche said, “In continuation of reinvigorated, intensive clearance operations aimed at decisively curtailing armed banditry and other forms of criminality in the North Central and North-West regions of the country, troops of Operation Safe Haven have neutralized some notorious armed robbers around Rock Haven general area in Jos North LGA of Plateau State.
“Sequel to actionable intelligence on the activities of a notorious armed robbery gang around Rock Haven general area in Jos North LGA of Plateau State on 2 July 2020, troops deployed tactically to the locality and engaged the robbers with superior firepower.
“Consequently, 2 of the criminals were neutralized while others fled in disarray, many with fatal bullet wounds.
“The corpses of the robbers, along with 2 locally fabricated pistols recovered, and other items stolen from their victims, have been handed over to the Nigerian Police authorities in Jos for further action.
“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the gallant troops of Operation Safe Haven for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of criminals in the North Central Zone of the Country.
Regarding the Air strikes, Gen Enenche said, “Additionally, Gen Enenche said, “In what can only be described as a precision strike, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has obliterated a Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs’) meeting venue, along with other structures, and neutralized several of their fighters at Mainyakare on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
“The air interdiction mission was executed yesterday, 2 July 2020, to mark the launch of subsidiary Operation Long Reach II, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had established that a prominent building in the middle of the settlement was being used as a meeting venue, where the terrorists plan and launch attacks as well as house some of their fighters.
“Consequently, the ATF dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location.
“The first jet in the first wave of attack recorded a precision bomb strike on the designated target, completely destroying it.
“Other compounds, which were also designated for destruction, were taken out by subsequent passes of the NAF fighter jets.
“Many of the BHTs were also killed as a result of the air strikes.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is in Maiduguri to personally oversee the conduct of Operation Long Reach II, has commended the ATF for their dedication, dexterity and professionalism.
“The Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.”
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