Troops obliterate scores of terrorists, arrest 7 trail track vandals

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… destroy illegal oil sites,recover thousands of litres of stolen crude oil,AGO, others

… rescue kidnapped victims, apprehend kidnappers

By Victor Akaa, Abuja.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says, the military troops in collaboration of other security agencies have intensified ongoing onslaughts against terrorists, bandits, kidnapers and other criminal elements across the country with significant successes recorded in the last few days.

Enugu Reporters gathered that operations against criminal elements across the various theatres by troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies had led to the elimination of scores of terrorists, rescued 6 kidnapped victims, arrested dozens of criminals including 7 rail track vandals, among others.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major General Benard Onyeuko in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters on Thursday, noted that troops of Operations HADIN KAI, HADARIN DAJI, WHIRL STROKE, DELTA SAFE, among others have conducted series of operations recording tremendous achievements in the past days.

The statement read in parts…..

“On 21 Jun 2022 troops of FOB Bakura Operation HADARIN DAJI responded to distress call of terrorists activities at Rafin Dankura in Bakura LGA of Zamfara State engaged the terrorists in a shoot out after abducting innocent civilians.

“After the encounter troops rescued the six (6) kidnapped civilians and neutralised 2 bandits in the process. Items recovered includes 2 AK 47, 1x 36 Hand grenade, 2 x Cell phones and the sum two hundred and nineteen thousand (211,915.00).

“Similarly, on 21 June 2022 in response to a distress call on terrorists activities made contacts with marauding terrorists at Maigora in Faskari LGA of Katsina State and neutralized 2 terrorists in the process. Items recovered includes.”

“In another development, troops of OP WHIRL STROKE on 20 June 2022 arrested a notorious gun runner one Mr Ardo Manu Abdulrahaman Maranewo who has been on the wanted (list) of (the) security. He is specialized in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers in Taraba State.”

Explaining further, General Onyeuko disclosed that troops on patrol in Udei general along Udei – Markurdi-Lafiya road arrested 7 rail track vandals with a trailer (ABJ KWALI 846XB) loaded with cut to size vandalised railway tracks and sleepers.

Those arrested are; Terswoo John, 40, Donald Kperuv, 30, Abraham Tinde ,25y, Jamilu Danlami ,20, James Yandela ,29, Idris Usman Imam, 32, and Abubakar Adamu ,30.

Troops on 21 June 2022 also raided a kidnappers enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum LGA of Benue State and arrested a bandits collaborator one Mr Ichen Igbaka, 65, and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka. Their house as a hideout for kidnapped for late bandit leader Mr Azu. Suspects and items recovered are in custody for further interrogation.

Similarly, troops whilst on clearance patrol neutralized terrorists and recovered 2 locally made guns and ammunition.

Troops of Operation HADIN KAI on 20 June, 2022, neutralized a Boko Haram terrorist Mallam Alhaji Modu Rija at Tashangoto area with several items including 1AK 47 rifle, 1×36 Hand Grenade, 26 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

“Similarly On 21 June 2022 troops arrested a Boko Haram member Mallam Abacha Usman at Benishek and a terrorists logistics supplier Mallam Ibrahim Gira along Dambia -Biu road all in Borno State.

“On 19 June 2022 NNS DELTA discovered an Illegal Refining Site around Opumami Creek in Warri South LGA of Delta State. Items recovered includes 2 metal storage tanks, 5 ovens, 7 dug out pits, with 120,300 litres of stolen crude oil. Similarly on the same day located 2 Illegal Refining Sites at Atumakiri with 10 ovens and 15 metal storage tanks with 450,000 litres of AGO and 350,000litres of stolen crude oil.” he added.

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