In 7 Months, Nigerian Military Forces Kill 1,910 Terrorists, Bandits
Troops of the Nigerian military have eliminated no fewer than 1,910 criminal elements, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, said on Thursday.
The criminal elements were neutralized between 20 May 2021 to 6 January 2022.
Those killed include terrorists, armed bandits and robbers, as well as kidnappers across the Country, Maj. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, explained.
Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, said troops also rescued a total of 729 kidnapped victims across the Country.
He spoke in Abuja at a media briefing on military operations.
According to him, scores of other terrorists and armed bandits were also killed by air strikes of military attack jets, within the period.
He said: “Furthermore, within the period in focus, troops made a cumulative total recoveries of thirteen million, two hundred and one thousand, three hundred (13,201,300) litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil and three million, nine hundred and sixty-nine thousand (3,969,000) litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene.
“Also, 38,582 barrels and six million, four hundred and ninety-one thousand (6,491,000) litres of stolen crude oil as well as eleven million, six hundred and fifty-nine thousand, five hundred (11,659,500) litres of illegally refined Premium Motor Spirit were recovered and handed appropriately.
“Additionally, a total of 912 criminal elements were arrested, while large cache of arms and ammunition as well as livestock among other items of economic and security concerns were recovered by the troops during the period.
“Gleaning from the available information as I have just presented, there is no gain saying that our operational performance for the year 2021 shows our commitment to ensure peace is restored in the Country. It shows the synergy between the Nigerian military and other Security Agencies is succeeding in tackling the security challenges facing the Country.
“We will continue to sustain the offensive and will not relent until peace is restored to every troubled zone in Nigeria. The general public is also assured of our commitment to protect lives and properties as well as our economic assets anywhere, with renewed vigour this year.”