By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) ,on Thursday advocated for a whole- of -societal approach to checkmate the activities of criminals who indulge in fabrication of locally made weapons in the country.
The Director of Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor stated this whilst fielding questions to journalists during a bi-weekly briefing on the operational engagements of the military and other security agencies across the country between 22 December,2022 to 12 January, 2023, held at Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
Major General Akpor noted that, the manufacturing of locally made weapons was a major threat to national security noting that it proliferation has caused high rate insecurity in the country.
He stated that the situation is worrisome ,adding that all hands must be on deck to checkmate the trend in order to reduce the threats of insecurity being experienced in different parts of the country.
He disclosed that, the military troops and other security operatives have done commendable job in the recovery of those fabricated weapons and arrest of several fabricators in most of the military operations and pledged for its sustenance.
The Defence Spokesperson, however, called for a concerted efforts by all stakeholders to report their (gun fabricators) activities to reduce the high rate of security challenges in the country.
In another development, while briefing Defence Correspondents on the continued troops’ successful onslaughts against terrorists within the period, the Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami said troops have eliminated over 52 Boko Haram/ Islamic State of West Africa Province (BH/ISWAP) terrorists in the North East and North West.
This figure, according to General Danmadami is not among unspecified number of terrorists killed during series of air interdictions by the Nigerian Air Force jets conducted in their hideouts in some parts of the North East, North West and North Central Zones of the country.
He said, troops of Operations HADIN KAI and HADARIN DAJI have conducted several operations within their respective areas of operation and arrested 37 terrorists, 21 logistics suppliers ,two foreign informants and five kidnapers, while over 115 kidnapped victims were rescued by troops within the past three weeks.
Speaking further, the Director noted that a total of 377 terrorists and members of their families, comprising 52 males, 126 females and 199 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatres of operations.
General Danmadami said troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in the North Central have launched onslaughts against bandits in some villages of Riyom, Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Pankshin, Jos South, Mangu Local Government Areas of Plateau state at criminal hideout.
“Notably, on 22 December 2022 following a tip off, troops in conjunction with Department of State Services operatives arrested a notorious gun runner along Kwankonka-Zaria road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state. Items recovered from the suspect include 1 fabricated AK47 rifle, I fabricated pistol, 533 rounds of 7.62mm NATO concealed in a bag of grains and the sum of Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira (N7,750.00).
“Equally, on 5 Jaunary 2023, troops acted on credible information and arrested a notorious kidnapper, Mr Kabiru Ibrahim who was on the wanted list of troops at Kara market, Bukuru in Jos Local Government Area of Plateau State with the sum of Five Hundred and Twenty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Naira (N524,650.00).
“It was confirmed that the suspect was responsible for a series of kidnappings in Plateau, Toro in Bauchi and Southern part of Kaduna state,” he added..