How troops eliminated 2,245 terrorists, arrested 3,682 in Q2 2024 – Army

 Troops of the Nigerian Army on line of duty have neutralised a total of 2,245 terrorists and arrested 3,682 of the criminal elements in the second quarter of the year 2024.

The soldiers also rescued 1,993 hostages, discovered and destroyed a massive 643 illegal refinery sites while depriving  the oil thieves of making away with an estimated sum of over N10 billion (N10, 533,131,470.00).

 Their gallantry resulted in the recovery of 9,225,149 litres of stolen crude oil, 2,874,916 litres of illegally refined AGO, 29,900 litres of DPK and 31,380 litres of PMS amongst other items.

Director Defence Information Major Gen Edward Buba said this at a media briefing Thursday in Abuja.

He said during the encounters, 2,783 weapons and 64, 547 ammunition were recovered. They comprised 1,169 AK47 rifles, 36,273 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 14,764 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 713 assorted arms and 9, 850 assorted ammunition.

Detailing the operations in the various theatres, Buba said: “Troops of Operation Hadin Kai in North East neutralised 857 terrorist, arrested 913 suspects and rescued 594 kidnapped hostages. Additionally, troops recorded a total of 4,582 surrendered BH/ISWAP terrorists’ combatants and their families.

“Troops dismantled the terrorist military capabilities by recovering 559 AK47 rifles, 151 fabricated rifles, 181 dane guns, 157 assorted arms, 13,493 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 5,409 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 4,921 assorted ammunitions.

“Troops conducted operations deep in terrorist enclaves in Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns of the Lake Chad Region. The operations targeted terrorists’ commanders and leaders’ strongholds.

“The operations denied the terrorist the ability to carry out major offensive as well as diminished the terrorist offensive capability. Accordingly, terrorists were limited to low level skirmishes and attacks, which were mostly on soft targets.

“The air component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted air interdictions to terrorists’ enclaves at Mandara Mountain, Maradun. Several terrorist enclaves and hideouts were destroyed, killing terrorist leaders, commanders and foot soldiers as well as destroying their logistics dumps.”

…North central

Buba further said: “In the North Central, troops of Operation Safe Haven neutralized 130 terrorist violent extremists, arrested 544 suspects and rescued 277 kidnap hostages.

“Troops equally recovered 39 AK47 rifles, 37 fabricated guns, 126 assorted arms, 3,852 rounds of 7.62mm special, 827 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 499 assorted ammunitions.

“Additionally, troops in fierce contact with violent extremists/terrorists neutralized several terrorists and rescued several kidnapped hostages. The offensive posture of troops has secured the release of several kidnapped hostages and significantly curtailed the activities of terrorist and violent extremist operating in the area.

“Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke neutralized 138 terrorist, arrested 377 suspects and rescued 204 kidnapped hostages. Troops also recovered 63 AK47 rifles, 110 assorted arms, 3,563 rounds of 7.62mm special, 1,524 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 649 assorted ammunitions.

“The key threats faced by troops in the region include banditry by various militia groups, farmers/herders clashes between herder militias and indigenes, kidnapping for ransom by suspected herder militia, gunrunning activities by suspected indigenes of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States.”

“However, troops’ onslaught largely degraded the potency of bandit groups, even though they remain present in the area. Furthermore, troops anticipate communal clashes occasioned by the rainy season. The rainy season usually sets in communal clashes and farmers/herders’ conflicts, which is as a result of increase encroachment on farmlands.

“Based on the foregoing, troops with the support of sister services have emplaced measures to minimise these communal clashes. Additionally, troops will continue to optimize operations against terrorist and their cohorts,” he added.

…On North-west

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