• Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

The Nigerian Armed Forces have made significant strides in combating insurgency, terrorism, and criminal activities across various regions of the country. From June 3 to June 13, 2024, multiple operations were conducted, resulting in the neutralization of insurgents, the arrest of suspects, and the rescue of kidnapped hostages.

In Borno State, troops of Operation HADIN KAI recorded notable achievements, including the surrender of Boko Haram (BH), Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), and Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (JAS) terrorist fighters and their families. Key highlights include:

– On June 3, 2024, two BH/ISWAP fighters surrendered in Kaga LGA, Borno State, leading to the recovery of one AK47 rifle, 57 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, five magazines, two hand grenades, and three Baofeng radios. On June 11, a high-profile suspect, Alhaji Bukar, surrendered in Gujba LGA, Yobe State, with one AK47 rifle, two magazines, and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Between June 4 and 11, a total of 464 terrorists, including 33 adult males, 146 adult females, and 305 children, surrendered.

– Troops also arrested suspected BH/ISWAP collaborators, including two in Mobbar LGA on June 4, and 16 others in Jere, Monguno, Chibok, Mobbar, and Geidam LGAs between June 4 and 10.

– Offensive operations led to significant outcomes. On June 4, troops neutralized 15 terrorists in Konduga LGA, Borno State, and rescued 28 kidnapped hostages. Weapons recovered included 11 AK47 rifles, four fabricated rifles, two PKT guns, three dane guns, two hand grenades, and various ammunition.

– Troops conducted multiple operations from June 4 to 10, resulting in the neutralization of 26 terrorists and the recovery of numerous weapons and ammunition in Kukawa, Damboa, Nganzai, Ngala, Bama, Gwoza, and Konduga LGAs.

– Additional operations included fighting patrols in Nganzai LGA, leading to the recovery of 220 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, and a raid in Damboa LGA on June 5, where 14 terrorists were neutralized.

– On June 3, air interdiction targeted BH/ISWAP/JAS enclaves in Borno State, resulting in the neutralization of several terrorists and the destruction of their logistics.

Overall, Operation HADIN KAI resulted in the neutralization of 83 terrorists, the arrest of 71 suspects, and the rescue of 48 kidnapped hostages. Troops recovered significant weaponry and ammunition.

Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN carried out various operations, including arrests of violent extremists and gunrunners, responses to kidnapping incidents, and raid operations in Plateau, Kaduna, and Nasarawa States. Key outcomes include:

– Between June 2 and 5, troops arrested 12 suspects, including a high-profile kidnap kingpin, in Bassa and Sanga LGAs. Weapons recovered included two double-barrel guns, one locally made pistol, and 500 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

– On June 5, troops rescued the Paramount Ruler, HRH Alh Dr. Umar Musa, during a kidnapping incident in Sanga LGA.

– Offensive operations on June 4 and 6 resulted in the arrest of violent extremists and the rescue of one kidnapped hostage in Riyom and Barkin Ladi LGAs.

– Troops conducted counter/anti-kidnapping operations, arresting suspects and rescuing 16 kidnapped hostages in Riyom and Bokkos LGAs.

Overall, Operation SAFE HAVEN neutralized 11 insurgents, arrested 64 violent extremists, and rescued 21 kidnapped hostages.

In Taraba and Nasarawa States, Operation WHIRL STROKE achieved notable successes. Key outcomes include:

– On June 4 and 6, troops arrested six violent extremists/kidnappers in Ardo Kola and Awe LGAs. The female suspect confessed to being a cook and informant for a kidnapping syndicate.

– Counter/anti-kidnapping operations on June 8 and 10 led to the rescue of 21 kidnapped hostages in Takum and Keffi LGAs.

Overall, Operation WHIRL STROKE neutralized six terrorists, arrested 20 violent extremists, and rescued 36 kidnapped hostages.

Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI conducted offensive, raid, and ambush operations, as well as arrests of suspected terrorists in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, and Niger States. Key highlights include:

– On June 3 and 4, troops neutralized two terrorists and rescued four kidnapped hostages in Zurmi LGA, Zamfara State.

– Between June 4 and 11, multiple offensive operations led to the neutralization of 28 terrorists and the arrest of 35 suspects. Weapons and ammunition recovered included 15 AK47 rifles, 549 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, and 16 motorcycles.

– On June 4, a raid in Wamako LGA, Sokoto State, led to the arrest of 32 suspects involved in human trafficking.

– Ambush operations on June 6 in Maradun LGA resulted in the neutralization of 11 terrorists.

Overall, Operation HADARIN DAJI neutralized 65 terrorists, arrested 80 suspects, and rescued 54 kidnapped hostages.

Troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH conducted fighting patrols, ambush, and raid operations in Kaduna State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. Key outcomes include:

– On June 5, fighting patrols in Giwa LGA, Kaduna State, resulted in the neutralization of two terrorists.

– Ambush operations on June 4 and 6 in Chikun and Birnin Gwari LGAs led to the neutralization of four extremists.

– Raid operations on June 5 and 6 in Gwagwalada Area Council resulted in the arrest of 20 suspects.

Overall, Operation WHIRL PUNCH neutralized 19 terrorists, arrested 18 suspects, and rescued 23 kidnapped hostages.

Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE focused on combating crude oil theft, conducting raid operations, and arresting violent extremists/cultists in Akwa Ibom, Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa States. Key highlights include:

– Troops destroyed illegal refining sites and recovered 728,360 liters of stolen crude oil, 143,450 liters of illegally refined AGO, and other products. Additionally, 29 dugout pits, 22 boats, and 26 storage tanks were destroyed.

– Raid operations on June 4 and 5 in Uruan and Ovia North-East LGAs resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of weapons.

– Offensive operations on June 6 in Bayelsa State led to the neutralization of one extremist and the arrest of four suspects.

Overall, Operation DELTA SAFE resulted in the recovery of significant amounts of stolen crude oil and other products, the destruction of illegal refining sites, and the arrest of 32 suspects.

Troops of Operation UDO KA conducted operations, arrested violent extremists/IPOB/ESN members, and foiled kidnap incidents in Abia, Anambra, and Imo States. Key highlights include:

– On June 3, troops raided a suspected IPOB/ESN shrine in Obingwa LGA, Abia State, arresting 11 suspects and recovering weapons and charms.

– Between June 4 and 9, troops arrested five suspected IPOB/ESN members in Imo and Ebonyi States.

Overall, the Nigerian Armed Forces continue to make significant progress in ensuring security and stability across the country, disrupting criminal activities, and restoring peace in affected regions.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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