Defense Headquarters reports that Nigerian troops have killed 42 terrorists and bandits in the last two weeks, detained 41 others, and rescued 93 abducted victims in the northeast, northwest, and north-central areas of operation.
This was announced by Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, on Thursday in Abuja, while providing updates on military operations across the country.
Onyeuko stated that troops from Operation Hadin Kai had eliminated 16 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and arrested 29 others in the Northeast during the period under review. He also stated that 40 civilians had been rescued from the region.
He stated that the successes were obtained by a variety of land and air operations, which included rigorous clearance, ambush, and road piquet operations, as well as a complete air patrol throughout the area of operations.
According to the report, the operations resulted in the neutralization of 16 BHT/ISWAPs as well as the arrest of 29 of them, as well as the rescue of 40 civilians.”
“On July 15, BHT and their families, as well as five female adults and twelve children, were apprehended at FOB Mayanti and Darajamel.
“Among other goods, troops recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, four AK-47 rifles, 50 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and a belt carrying 296 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition, as well as tools for constructing IEDs,” he added.
Onyeuko further revealed that the forces of Operation Hadarin Daji in the North West have neutralized no fewer than 14 bandits, apprehended 24 others, and rescued 36 victims in various locations throughout the theatre.
During one of the confrontations, troops also supported one of the victims in safely delivering a baby, according to him.
A total of seven AK-47 weapons, six motorcycles, varied military, and police outfits, six automobiles, and four machetes were among the goods seized, according to him, over two weeks.
A total of 24 criminal elements were apprehended and detained, including 16 informants/collaborators for the bandits and an impostor known as Faisal Saidu, who pretended to be Lance Corporal Saidu Abubakar, according to the statement.
“Furthermore, a total of 223 stolen livestock were recovered during this time,” he continued.
The spokesperson for the defense department also stated that troops from Operation Safe Haven had successfully undertaken many kinetic and non-kinetic operations in various places across Plateau, Bauchi, and Kaduna States during the period under review.
He claimed that the troops killed seven bandits and five armed robbers during the operation, with several others escaping with gunshot wounds. He also claimed that 12 people were arrested during the operation.
He went on to say that a total of 12 different firearms were seized, as well as a truckload of stolen railway rails and sleepers, and that 17 abduction victims were rescued throughout the operations.
As a result, he says, all of the apprehended perpetrators and recovered things have been turned over to the proper law enforcement organizations for further investigation and prosecution, and the rescued victims have been reunited with their loved ones.
Several peace and security talks with community leaders, youth leaders, and other key stakeholders were held in different sections of the state as well.
In his statement, he stated, “Troops have maintained their dominance over the areas of operations through aggressive fighting and air patrols to deny criminal elements freedom of movement within the areas of operations.”