…rescue one of the victims of Chibok girls abducted 2014 alongside her daughter
… destroy 337 illegal refineries in N/Delta
…as troops hand over 706 firearms to NCCSALW in Sokoto
By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says, a total of 57,004 Boko Haram terrorists alongside their families which comprised 13,547 males, 17,027 females, and 27,430 children have surrendered to troops in the North East of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK).
The Coordinator,Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this on Thursday during a biweekly media briefing on the ongoing military operations in all theatres of operations from 2 to 16 June,2022, in Abuja.
He said, troops of OPHK had through an intensive operations, neutralized over 47 terrorists including their top commanders, rescued 6 abducted victims including Mary Dauda, 27, with her daughter, one of the victims of Chibok girls abducted in 2014.
According to him ,the 47 year old Dauda with her daughter are in own medical facility for rehabilitation and treatment.
On Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD), the Coordinator said, troops through actionable intelligence, a high profile Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) commander Abba Yunus, aka Mallam Abba alongside his accomplice were arrested at Samegu community in Kumbosto Local Government Area, Kano state with scores of dangerous weapons recovered from him.
His arrest was said to have averted a would be dangerous attack that would have claimed many lives in the area.
Moreso, the Commander Joint Task Force OPHD had on 6 June, 2022, handed over 706 assorted firearms recovered from the terrorist and other criminals within its Area of Responsibility to the Zonal coordinator North West Zone National Centre for Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Sokoto.
This feat was achieved from 2018 to May 2022 due to an enhanced troops’ operations within Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
Troops also killed scores of terrorists, destroyed troops’ enclaves as well as recovered cache of arms and ammunition form the criminals within the period under review.
Under Operation DELTA SAFE (OPDS), Gen Onyeuko said, its Joint Task Force has in the last 7 weeks arrested 141 oil thieves, destroyed 337 illegal oil refineries, 1,052 metal storage tanks, 515 ovens, 68 wooden boats.
Troops also confiscated 59 vehicles, 16 outboard engines, 11 rifles.
He added that the intensity of the kinetic operations by the troops was geared towards eradicating illegal oil activities in the area.
Speaking further, the DMO Coordinator said, Operation OCTOPUS GRIP and that of DAKATAR DA BARAWO under OPDS had conducted operations in creeks, towns and communities in Delta, Bayelsa and River States with tremendous successes recorded within the period.
“A total of 26 illegal refining sites, 35 wooden boats, 74 storage tanks, 79 ovens, 28 dug out pits, 3 speed boats, 2 outboard engines, 20 pumping machines, 2 rifles, Two Million Two Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand (2,264,000) litres of stolen crude oil, One Million One Hundred and Forty Two Thousand (1,142,000) litres of AGO and 10 oil thieves were arrested by own troops,” he noted.
“A total of 13 illegal refining sites, 6 reservoirs, 84 ovens, 107 storage tanks, 21 storage pits, One Million Five Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand (1,578,000) litres of AGO, Two Million Two Hundred Sixty Thousand (2,260,000) litres of stolen crude oil, 2 trucks with sludge, 22 wooden boats, 3 fibre boats, 4 tankers and scores of suspects. All arrests and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.”