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Nigerian Troops neutralise 197 terrorists, arrest 310, rescue 251 abductees, others

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Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja says troops have eliminated another 197, arrest 310, rescue 251 abductees in past one week.


The Director, Defence Media Operations (DDMO) Maj-Gen Edward Buba made  this statement while briefing journalists  on the operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN and other security agency.


“During the week under review, troops neutralised 197 and arrested 310 persons. Troops also arrested 22 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 251 kidnapped hostages.


“In the SS, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Million Six Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand One Hundred Naira (N765,654,100.00) only,” he said.


He also revealed troops recovered 180 assorted weapons and 5,123 assorted ammunition, among others.


He said,”Furthermore, troops recovered 180 assorted weapons and 5,123 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 2 PKT guns, one fabricated Arty gun, one G3 rifle, 73 AK47 rifles, 17 locally fabricated gun, 21 dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 2 revolver rifles, one short dane gun, 3 double barrel guns, 3 single barrel guns, one pistol, 4 locally fabricated pistols, 5 fabricated baretta pistols, one berretta pistol, one jojef magnum pump action gun, one Exp 64 semi auto rifle, 10 hand grenades, 3 60mm mortar bombs, bandoliers and 10 fabricated Arty bombs.


“Others are: 3,207 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,022 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 13 rounds of 9mm ammo, 243 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 240 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 132 rounds of 5.56 x 54mm ammo, 143 live cartridges, 59 magazines, one pistol magazine, one ECOME HH radio, 4 baofeng radios, 4 vehicles, 47 motorcycles, 21 mobile phones and the sum of N1,236,200.00 as well as CFA 608,000.00 only amongst other items.


“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 29 dugout pits, 22 boats and 26 storage tanks.  Other items recovered include 66 cooking ovens, 85 drums, 8 vehicles, 3 mobile phones and 43 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 728,360 litres of stolen crude oil, 143,450 litres of illegally refined AGO, 1,100 litres of DPK and 18,750 litres of PMS.”


Gen. Buba noted that troops have made several arrests in the South-East in response to the recent killing of the five soldiers.


He also revealed that arrested terrorists are assisting troops to locate other camps in the region, and also high profile individuals involved in the activities of the terrorists group.


“The armed forces understands that the terrorists exist for the sake of war, and therefore for the sake of peace they must be eliminated. Our war effort is therefore designed and crafted to defeat and destroy the terrorists as well as dismantle their terror infrastructure across the country.


“Momentum is crucial to our operations and it is the reason we take the fight to the enemy and allow them no respite. Accordingly, our operations are focused on our war efforts, our mobilization and air strikes to destroy the terrorists.


“Sequel to the killings of 5 personnel at the checkpoint in Abia. Troops conducted several intelligence based operations that led to the discovery and destruction of several IPOB/ESN terrorists camps across the region such as at Igboro Forest in Arochukwu LGA of Abia State among others.


“Several arrest were made from the raids with those found to be culpable still in detention. Surely, there is intelligence value to the raids and arrest that were made. Those in detention are assisting troops to locate other camps, sleeper cells and high profile individuals involved in the activities of the terrorists group,” he said.


He added, ”On the other hand, the attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to weighty allegations labelled against the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) by the Zamfara State Governor in a recent interview on Channels TV. The AFN hereby makes it unequivocally clear that, it is a professional force that is subservient to political authority, particularly the political leadership of Zamfara State.


“The military will not join issues with the Governor, rather we choose the part of cooperation over conflict with the state Governor and look forward to constructively engage with him on these matters,” he said.


He further disclosed that troops deployed in Zamfara state lost 9 personnel in the month of June 2024.


“Troops of Op HADARIN DAJI deployed to Zamfara State have lost 9 personnel so far in the month of June 2024. These killed in action personnel are a painful testament of our tireless efforts, commitment and sacrifice to restoring peace and security in the state.


“Nevertheless, the allegations against the military and security forces operating in the state really needs to be analysed impartially and understood. The situation underscores the fact that, winning the war without the support of the people of the state is close to impossible.


“Interestingly, despite the state being described as the epicentre of kidnapping. The state has no internal security operation outfit to coordinate activities of security  agencies operating in the state, as is found in other states. This situation leaves much to be desired,” he said.


He also assured that despite the challenges, the military would continue to work tirelessly to restore safety and security across the nation.


“Overall, the military will continue to work tirelessly to restore safety and security across our nation. Certainly, there is still a lot of fighting to do, in order to guarantee the safety of our homeland.


“Citizens must clearly understand the reason we are fighting this war. They must understand that the terrorist will not stop, until they are stopped,” Gen Buba stressed.


He noted that the lifeline of the terrorist groups is the people, adding that winning the war without the support of the people is close to impossible.


“While troops probably don’t have all the answers. Citizens should be rest assured that the military is working relentlessly to guarantee the safety and security of every citizen from acts of terror,” he added.


A minute of silence was observed for officers that lost their lives in defending their fatherland.


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