188 Terrorists, 411 Bandits Neutralized as Troops Rescue 236
The military has said that its troops who are involved in various combat operations have neutralized 188 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North East.
They also killed 392 bandits in the North West and 20 bandits/armed militia in the North Central parts of the country.
According to Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the criminals were all eliminated between 6 and 28 May, 2020.
He said: “Suffice it to say that human and technical intelligence confirmed that between 6 to 28 May, several BHT/ISWAP criminals, as well as bandits/armed militia were killed due to our ground and air offensives.”
At the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja on Thursday, Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), explained that troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in various theatres across the country recorded tremendous successes within the period under review.
He said in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, several members of the Boko Haram Terrorists/ISWAP (BHT) fighters and senior commanders were neutralized and their logistics facilities, gun trucks and other structures destroyed.
He added that troops also recovered several weapons.
Hear him: “Within the period under review, a total of 188 BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed and several others suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival. This is in addition to several others killed in air bombardments. The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE also rescued several civilians – women and children, who were abducted by the terrorists. The total number rescued within this period is 236. The victims have undergone medical checkups and treatments at our health facilities.”
Speaking further, Maj. Gen. Enenche, said troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI, in various clearance operations, neutralized 392 armed bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings and logistics warehouses within the period under review.
They were destroyed at Dunya, Abu Radde’s Camp and Ibrahim Mai Bai’s Camp in Jibia and Danmusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State, as well as Maikomi and Kurmin Kurain Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.
He noted that this is in addition to several others killed by air bombardments.
“Also, the air interdiction led to destruction of several logistics facilities and compounds, housing some key bandits’ leaders. Human intelligence report confirmed the casualty figures,” he stated.
In Operation WHIRL PUNCH during the period under review, the DMO Coordinator, said 19 armed bandits were killed in Benue and Taraba States.
He added that the gallant troops also carried out a raid operation on a criminal hideout off Zaki Biam and Katsina-Ala highway, where a notorious armed robber Terugwa Igbagwa alias Orjondu was killed.
He said: “Troops also recovered large cache of arms and ammunition within the period under review. The killing of Orjondu has brought a great relief to the good people of Benue State and some parts of Taraba State. He was the mastermind of various civilian deaths including kidnapping and assassinations. Equally, notorious militia leader Gana narrowly escaped with injuries when his hideout was raided.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER Patrol Team, on Tuesday, conducted Anti-Crude oil theft/anti-illegal bunkering operations around Briakiri off Onne and Abise community off Abonema Akukutoru Local Government Area of Rivers state.
During the operations, according to Enenche, the team located 2 illegal refining sites with 4 storage tanks laden with estimated 400,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.
He said the products were impounded while two pumping machines were recovered to the base.
He added that no arrest was made as the perpetrators fled on sighting the patrol team.
Said the DMO Coordinator: “In the same vein, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA, on 25 May 20, intercepted a wooden boat and a speed boat around Ilaopashe, Bennett island and Lokpobri communities in Warri and Burutu South Local Government Areas of Delta State. The team located 4 illegal refining sites with 14 dug-out pits, 32 surface metal storage tanks and 43 ovens laden with about 628.98 barrels of suspected stolen crude oil as well as 72,000.00 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO. Likewise the team located a 3-inch pipe and associated fittings close to NPDC pipeline around Bennett Island, suspected to have been laid by crude oil thieves. Subsequently, the team disconnected the pipes and fittings. The storage facilities were dismantled while the speed boat was recovered to the base.
“Similarly, the Forward Operating Base IBAKA on 26 May 2020 while on routine patrol around Ewang Creek intercepted and arrested a medium size wooden boat laden with drums of products suspected to be stolen PMS with 2 suspects. Suspects and items recovered from the arrest include 49,000.00 litres of products suspected to be stolen PMS. The suspects are currently undergoing investigation and will soon be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agency. Furthermore, within the period under review, the Nigerian Navy in furtherance of its quest to secure our Exclusive Economic Zone, and the Gulf of Guinea rescued a Chinese fishing trawler HAILUFENG 11, rescued 18 crewed and arrested 10 sea pirates.”