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Your comment on troops wrong, DHQ tells Zamfara governor 

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday berated Zamfara state Governor Dauda Lawal over  his comment  alleging  poor attitude of troops in the fight against terrorism and other forms of insecurity in the state, even as troops killed 233 terrorists across the country, including 36 in the Kaduna/Katsina axis.

The governor, had, while appearing on Channel Television, lamented the ‘laidback attitude’ of the police and the military in combating the menace of banditry plaguing the North-West state.

 He said the uninspiring attitude of federal government-controlled security agencies was responsible for the creation of the state security outfit.

…DHQ counters 

Countering the governor, however, Director Defence Media Operations Maj-Gen Edward Buba, described the military as a professional force subservient to political authority, particularly the political leadership of Zamfara state. 

Briefing journalists in Abuja,  Buba  accused the state government of not doing enough to support the military and other security agencies in the fight against banditry in the state.

He said: “The military will not join issues with the Governor; rather we choose the part of cooperation over conflict with the state Governor and look forward to constructively engage with him on these matters. 

 “Troops of Operations HADARIN DAJI deployed to Zamfara state have lost 9 personnel so far in the month of June 2024. These killed in action personnel are a painful testament of our tireless efforts, commitment and sacrifice to restoring peace and security in the state. 

 “Nevertheless, the allegations against the military and security forces operating in the state really need to be analysed impartially and understood. The situation underscores the fact that, winning the war without the support of the people of the state is close to impossible.”

 …Successes recorded

Speaking on the successes recorded by the military in the fight against insecurity across the country, General Buba said troops neutralised 197 terrorists and arrested 310 persons in the last one week.

He said troops also arrested 22 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 251 kidnapped hostages. 

On the killings of 5 personnel at the checkpoint in Abia, the Defence spokesperson disclosed that “troops conducted several intelligence based operations that led to the discovery and destruction of several IPOB/ESN terrorists’ camps across the region such as at Igboro Forest in Arochukwu LGA of Abia state among others.”

He said several arrests were made from the raids with those found to be culpable still in detention. 

 “Surely, there is intelligence value to the raids and arrest that were made. Those in detention are assisting troops to locate other camps, sleeper cells and high profile individuals involved in the activities of the terrorists group,” he said.

…Crude theft

He disclosed that in the South South, troops denied the oil thieves crude estimated to be worth Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Million Six Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand One Hundred Naira (N765,654,100.00) only.

 On the breakdown of 180 assorted weapons and 5,123 assorted ammunition recovered, he said:  “2 PKT guns, one fabricated Arty gun, one G3 rifle, 73 AK47 rifles, 17 locally fabricated gun, 21 dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 2 revolver rifles, one short dane gun, 3 double barrel guns, 3 single barrel guns, one pistol, 4 locally fabricated pistols, 5 fabricated beretta pistols, one beretta pistol, one Jojef magnum pump action gun, one Exp 64 semi auto rifle, 10 hand grenades, 3 60mm mortar bombs, bandoliers and 10 fabricated Arty bombs.

 “Others are 3,207 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,022 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 13 rounds of 9mm ammo, 243 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 240 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 132 rounds of 5.56 x 54mm ammo, 143 live cartridges, 59 magazines, one pistol magazine, one ECOME HH radio, 4 Baofeng radios, 4 vehicles, 47 motorcycles, 21 mobile phones and the sum of N1,236,200.00 as well as CFA 608,000.00 only amongst other items.”

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