Presidential Guard troops nab 8 terrorists in Abuja– DHQ

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..as troops eliminate ISWAP fourth in Command

…another drove of terrorists tataling 1,652 surrender

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, said troops of Guards Brigade have nabbed Eight (8) suspected terrorists at Deidei Abattoir in Abuja Municipal Area Council and Dupka village in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Major General Musa Danmadami, Director Defence Media Operations (DMO) confirmed the arrest during a routine media briefing on the ongoing operational engagements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies across the country under the period between 11 to 25 August,2022, in Abuja.

General Danmadami, said the terrorists were arrested during a raid operation conducted at criminal hideouts located in Gwawalada and Deidei, in Abuja.

He added that several items were recovered from the criminals including 5 AK47 rifles, 3 pump action gun, large quantities of items suspected to be cannabis sativa, 3 machetes, knives among others.

In the North East, the Director said, ,troops of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have neutralized a high profiled Commander of ISWAP known as
“Uzaifa, who was the ‘MINZIR’, which connotes the fourth in line of the terrorist leadership structure, alongside other 25 terrorists through a coordinated airstrikes on terrorists enclave in Borno State.

He said the air raids were targeted on the enclave of notorious terrorists who were being hosted by a top ranking commander.

Air component of OPHK carried out the strikes “acting on credible intelligence about the gathering of terrorists at a location revealed to be the enclave of a notorious terrorist being hosted by a top ranking commander, believed to be the Islamic State of West Africa Province leader of Sambisa forest who took over the leadership after the demise of Abubakar Shekau,” he added.

He said that “feedback revealed that 25 of the terrorists were neutralized in the strikes with 18 serious wounded. Among those neutralize was a high profile commander known as Uzaifa, who was the ‘MINZIR’, which connotes the fourth in line of the terrorist leadership structure. “

A similar air strikes was also conducted in the Tumbuns near Lake Chad at a location revealed to be the training camp of the terrorists. Report gathered revealed that scores of the terrorists were neutralized in the strikes.

All recovered items and rescued civilians were handed over to the relevant authorities while the surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist members and their families were profiled for further action.

In another development, General Danmadami said, a total of 1,652 Boko Haram Terrorists members and their families have surrendered to own troops at different location during the period under review.

“The number comprises of 320 adult males, 442 women and 890 children.”

Troops in the North East theatre of operation conducted several operations in Gwashiri, Pulka-Kirawa axis, Amanwa village, Tungushe,, Bama town, Mulgwai village, Kwatara, Gubio, Kekeno, Dogon Chuku, Miringa Market and Monguno town all in Borno State as well as, Buni Yadi – Jauro Bashin in Yobe State.

They neutralized 12 terrorists, recovered 18 AK47 rifles, 1 RGP, 2 FN rifles, 83 rounds of 7.62mm special, 13 bicycles, 1 golf car, large quantity of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa, bags of maize, 3 grenade, 4 mobile phones, 47 rustled cattle, 6 donkeys, 20 cartons of super cereal, 51 Jerricans of groundnut oil, 2 cartons of cigarettes, medical suppliers, food stuffs and 40 pairs of male and female clothing. Troops also arrested 8 suspected terrorists, 4 logistic suppliers, rescued 4 civilians and the sum of N1,005,360.00 cash.

Under Operation WHIRL PUNCH (OPWP) in North Central, Major General Danmadami said that between August 13 and 18 , 2022 , its air component conducted air interdiction operations at a terrorists enclaved in Kurebe in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. The air strike was the terrorists who had assembled for a meeting hosted by a notorious terrorist leader Aminu Duniya and several of them were neutralized within the period.

Similarly, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE (OPDS) have sustained its offensives against oil theft, bunkering and other criminalities in the Niger Delta creating a conducive environment for economic activities to thrive in the South-South zone.

He said within the period under review, troops have recovered over N3 billion worth of products from the oil thieves in the zone.

“Consequently, a grand total of Three Billion Seven Hundred and Eight Million Two Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand Three Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira (N3,708,259,338.00) only was denied the oil thieves.”

He said, troops of OPDS have discovered and destroyed several illegal refining sites, which includes, 493 dugout pits, 512 storage tanks, 413 cooking ovens and 59 wooden boats.

“Also, troops recovered 4 tankers, 2 speed boats, one generator, one outboard engine, 14 pumping machines, 3 AK47 rifles, Twenty Five Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Seven and Fifteen (25,977.15) Barrel of crude oil, Three Million Two Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand One Hundred and Thirty (3,236,130) litres of Automotive Gas Oil, Twenty Six Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy Five (26,575) litres of Premium Motor Spirit and TwoThousand (2,000) litres of Dual Purpose Kerosine.

“Troops also arrested 21 pipelines vandals. All recovered items and apprehended oil thieves were handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.

“Cumulatively, a total value of products denied oil thieves from the period in review are One Billion Three Hundred and Thirteen Million Twenty Thousand Two Hundred Forty Two Naira (N1,313,020,242.00) only of crude oil, Two Billion Three Hundred Seventy Four Million Six Hundred and Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy One Naira (N2,374,607,471.00) only of AGO, Four Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Six Hundred and Twenty Five Naira (N4,650,625.00) only of PMS and Fifteen Million Nine Hundred and Eighty One Thousand Naira (N15,981,000.00) only of DPK.”

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