• Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Operational operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security services were documented from the operational theaters in the six geographical zones of the nation. The highlights of the briefing today will cover the period from June 30 to July 14, 2022.

With better coordinated operations, the HADIN KAI forces have kept up the pressure on the ISIS/Boko Haram strongholds in West Africa. Six of the top terrorist commanders turned themselves in to the authorities on July 13, 2022 in Gwoza. It is important to mention that the high caliber of Commanders who have surrendered at this time is unprecedented since the surrender of terrorists to own soldiers, including a WALI (Governor) and KAID (a 3 star Commander).

This information was provided in a press release that Major General Benard Onyeuko, Director of Defence Media Operations, signed.

Mallam Mala Hassan (WALI), Ali Madagali (MUNZUR), Musa Bashir (CHIEF ANUR), Buba Dahiru (MUNZUR), Jafar Hamma (KAID), and Abbali NAKIB Polisawa are among those who have turned themselves in.

A total of 3,858 Boko Haram terrorists, including 505 men, 1,042 women, and 2,311 kids, surrendered between July 1 and July 14, 2022. Additionally, during the period under review, troops in the theater engaged in various encounters at Gamage village in the Dikwa Local Government Area, Dikwa – Gambora Ngala road, Pulka – Gwale road in Borno State, among other locations, neutralizing several Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province terrorists.

At numerous logistics towns inside the theater, several terrorists’ collaborators and suppliers for logistics were detained with a variety of items. They included Hauwa Gambo and Khadija Dirsa, two ladies.

In related news, the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted an air interdiction operation at Tumbum Jaki and Tumbum Murhu near Lake Chad in Borno State on July 11, 2022, in response to a well-informed tip on the actions of the rebels in the region.

The effective bombing killed a number of Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed their base of operations. Accordingly, evidence from the area suggests that the airstrike neutralized over 21 militants.

As a result, between July 1 and July 14, 2022, troops killed 42 terrorists, detained 10 suspected terrorists, and seized 17 AK-47 rifles, 1 QTC rifle, 1 RPG bomb, 1 RPG tube, 5 hand grenades, 120 rounds of 5.5mm ammunition, 54 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 151 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 60 rounds of 12.7 108mm ammunition, 2 ammo links, 5 dane guns, 8 rounds of fabricated

All captured suspected terrorists and recovered materials were given to the relevant authority for further action, and all surrendered Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province militants and their families were profiled and documented.

On July 10 and 11, in Sambo village in the Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State, Operation HADARIN DAJI troops carried out a number of actions in its theater, most notably neutralizing two terrorists and recovering weapons and ammunition. A number of stolen cows were found at Gidan Isa in the Maradum Local Government Area of Zamfara State, and the operation also intercepted bandit collaborators at Dogo Kade and Samawa village in Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State, where they found 2 motorcycles and jerricans filled with Premium Motor Spirit.

In another news, on July 11, 2022, forces in Zamfara State’s Shinkafi Local Government Area saved Mallam Sani Umar Wara at Maberiya Village. He was doing time at the Zuru Correctional Center when he was abducted near Kofar Gabas town, it was revealed.

On July 2, 2022, Operation Whirlstrike troops carried out a raid operation in the Hausa Quarters in Taraba State’s Wukari Local Government Area and discovered a weapon manufacturing facility.

Before their own forces arrived, the criminals escaped, but they left behind 2 locally produced cartridge launchers, 1 FN rifle, 1 locally made gun, and other production materials.

In a different operation, soldiers apprehended a criminal who was damaging electrical cables at NIPSS Kuru in Plateau State’s Jos Local Government Area. Additionally, 2 alleged livestock rustlers were detained for further investigation after being caught at Kara Market in Bukuru, Jos Local Government Area, Plateau State.

In related news, on July 1, 2022, troops stormed various criminal hideouts in Kukyor Village in Nasarawa State’s Awe Local Government Area.

As a result, 7 individuals were detained along with 5 danes, 5 machetes, and 5 cartridges. Among other things, 7 cell phones were found. Additionally, on July 7 and 8, 2022, at Beco Junction, Heipang District in Barkin Ladi of Plateau State, soldiers of Operation SAFE HAVEN and the plateau State Police Command detained two renowned kidnappers, Abdulrazaq Umar and Idris Abdulahi.

The accused admitted to a number of kidnappings that they had committed in the states of Plateau and Bauchi, including the murder of Alhaji Saleh Abdulhamid (Shabi) at Ex Land Village on June 22, 2022. They also identified Mallam Buhari Umar as the group’s head.

Similar to this, on July 9, 2022, troops conducted a raid operation at Mailafia, Nisaina, Dogon Filli, and Gidan Waya, all in Kaduna State’s Jema’a Local Government Area, and they detained two armed robbers, Mr. George Yakubu and Mr. George Joseph, who were each 25 and 26 years old.

Among the items found on the suspects are 3 fake AK-47 weapons, 1 knife, 1 cutting hoe, 1 set of cutlery, and 1 spanner. On the same day, troops rescued 9 hostages who had been taken prisoner after responding to a distress call that gunmen had attacked a Toyota Hummer Bus with the license plate LFA 322 YR Nasarawa in Dogan Filli Village in Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The relevant authorities received and turned over all of the captured criminals, saved people, and recovered items.

On July 5, 2022, the Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA of Operation Delta Safe responded to a distress call in accordance with its mandate of ensuring the safety of people and property in the Nigerian maritime environment. In a quick response, the ship located and saved a 16-meter surfer passenger boat called MV NUE SWIFT that belonged to a Lagos-based oil service company.

The boat drifted for 32 hours before being rescued by its own troops after losing her capacity to propel at Agbara Platform while traveling from Forcados to Bonny Mooring. As a result, on July 6, 2022, the Forward Operations Base Bonny received the personnel and the boat.

In a similar vein, soldiers from Operation Delta Safe on Operation Octopus Grip carried out operational activities in communities, towns, and streams throughout Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers States’ Niger Delta region. Soldiers found and demolished 109 illegal oil refining installations, 34 wooden boats, 150 storage tanks, 119 ovens, and 104 dugout trenches as part of their anti-illegal oil refining operations. The total number of items that were found by the forces during the assessment period included 27 pumping units, 1 firearm, 1 speed boat, 13 cars, 7 outboard engines, 4,339,000 liters of crude oil, 2,051,000 liters of AGO, and 30,000 liters of DPK. 24 economic saboteurs were also captured by troops. All things recovered and oil thieves arrested were turned over.

In the South West region of the country, troops have kept up the fight against crime and cracked down on smugglers in the region’s border region. On July 3, 2022, soldiers on a combined border patrol seized 61 (sixty one) 25-liter jerricans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and stopped 2 vehicles carrying 163 fifty kilograms of imported rice along the Ifo-Abeokuta and ijimu-Tata roads in Ogun State. The Nigerian Custom Service in Abeokuta received all recovered materials.

Finally, I would like to express the appreciation of the military high command for the efforts made by the troops in the several operational theaters across the nation.

Additionally, the general populace is thanked for helping the Armed Forces and security services carry out their missions. At the same time, they are urged to keep giving reliable information about criminals in their area.

The media community is also recognized for its collaboration and support of the military and other security organizations in our effort to bring peace back to our beloved country.

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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