Troops neutralise 59 terrorists, arrest 57 in two weeks– DHQ

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…rescue 12 kidnapped victims including 2 Chibok girls

…says another 2016 set of terrorists surrender to own troops.

By Victor Akaa, Abuja.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), says the ongoing onslaughts against the criminal elements had led to elimination of over 59 terrorists as well as arrested 57 criminals between 14 to 28 July, 2022 across its theatres of operations.

The DHQ also said, troops have rescued about 12 kidnapped victims out of whom two (2) of them were confirmed to be victims of Chibok school children abducted in 2014.

Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this whilst briefing Newsmen on the ongoing operational activities of the military and other security agencies across the country at DHQ Abuja

According to him, out of the number of terrorists eliminated, 20 are in the North East (NE) zone, 37 in the North Central (NC) while 2 were neutralised in the North West (NW) zone.
He said, 20 bandits including their commanders and cattle rustlers were apprehended in the NC, 27 pipeline vandals arrested in the Niger Delta region while a notorious criminal gang leader with its 9 members nabbed by troops in the South West within the period.

General Onyeuko said, troops recovered cache of firearms and other items from the criminals during the operations. Both arms and the arrested criminals have been handed over to investigative authority.

In another development, another drove of terrorists numbering 2,016 have surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI in the NE zone within the period.

“Within the weeks in focus, a total of 2,016 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families comprising of 360 adult males, 580 adult females and 1076 children surrendered to own troops at various locations in the North East theatre of Operation.

“All rescued civilians and recovered items were handed over to relevant authority, while surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists and their families were profiled and handed over to the appropriate agencies for further action.” he noted.

In the South South zone, the DMO Director said the operational activities of troops has curbed illegal activities in the area, noting that Nigeria has lost economic value of 2.4 billion Naira due to the activities of economic saboteurs within the period.

“The Joint Task Force Operation DELTA SAFE in the conduct of operation OCTOPUS GRIP in the South South zone conducted operational activities in the creeks, communities and towns in the Niger Delta. Notably Madangho, Kokoye and jones creek in Delta State, Obi Sagbama village and Debu creek in Bayelsa State were patroled. Also, troops conducted patrol in Awoba, Cawthorne Channel, Boning Channel, Asaramatu in River State.

“Consequently, troops discovered and destroyed 80 illegal refining site, 60 wooden boats, 316 storage tanks, 262 ovens and 87 dugout pits. Troops also recovered 9 speed boats, 15 outboard engines, 19 pumping machines and 17 vehicles.

“Furthermore, 27 pipeline vandals were arrested while a total of Five Million One Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand Five Hundred (5,159,500) litres of substance suspected to be crude oil and One million Four Hundred and Thirty Two Thousand (1,432,000) litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil were recovered.

“All arrested economic saboteurs and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.

“The Statistic above shows a significant loss to the economy of the Country. It has a street value of about Two Billion Five Hundred and Thirty Four Million Seven Hundred Seventy One Thousand Five Hundred Forty Three Naira Eight Kobo (N2,534,771,543.08).”

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