Insecurity: Nigerian Military records success in first quarter report

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Insecurity: Nigerian Military records success in first quarter report

The Military on Thursday said troops of Operation Hadin Kai in North East, neutralised 70 terrorists and arrested 23 Boko Haram(BH)/ISWAP terrorists as at March 14.

Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, Director, Defence Media Operations,
said this in Abuja, while presenting report on ongoing military operations by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

He said the troops also recovered one G3 rifle, 50 AK47 rifles, eight fabricated guns, one dane gun, four locally made double barrel, 1,012 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo.

He added that 243 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 20 empty cases of 7.62mm ammo, one magazine, 13 motorcycles, nine mobile phones, 10 bicycles and the sum of N628,000.00 amongst others

He said troops of Operation Hadin Kai recorded several activities during the period under review

According to him the troop arrested suspected Boko Haram(BH)/ISWAP terrorists collaborators and intercepted surrendered ISWAP/JAS terrorists fighters.

The director further said the troop foiled kidnap incidents and conducted decapitation operation in Kaga, Nganzai, Gwoz Damboa and Bama LGAs all in Borno State.

“Arrest: On 4th and 5th March 2024, troops in separate operations arrested four BH/ISWAP terrorists collaborators in Kaga and Nganzai LGAs of Borno State.

“During the operations, troops recovered one vehicle, food stuffs, medical supplies and substance suspected to be cannabis amongst others.

“Surrender of BH/ISWAP/JAS Terrorists Fighters: On 4 and 5 March 2024, 7 BH/ISWAP/JAS terrorists and their family including a female terrorists collaborator surrendered to troops in Gwoza LGA of Borno State.

“Between 6 and 12 March 2024, 16 BH/ISWAP/JAS terrorists fighters and their families surrendered to troops in Mobbar, Konduga, Monguno, Gwoza and Damboa LGAs of Borno State as well as Madagali LGA of Adamawa State,”he said

He said, during the operations, troops recovered one G3 rifle, three AK47 rifles, 121 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, one magazine, two bicycles and the sum of N325,000 amongst others.

On Kidnap Incident, Buba said “On 5 March 2024, troops on patrol responded to information on activities of kidnappers and made contact in Damboa LGA of Borno State.

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“Following a fire fight, troops neutralised 5 terrorists and recovered 5 AK47 rifles, 141 rounds of 7.62mm special, 3 motorcycles, one mobile phone and N303,000.00 amongst others.”

On Decapitation Operation, he said on March 10, troops in conjunction with hybrid forces conducted a dawn operation and made contact with terrorists in Bama LGA of Borno State.

He added that “Following a fire fight, troops neutralised 8 terrorists and recovered 6 AK47 rifles, 2 locally made double barrel guns, 132 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, one motorcycle and 4 bicycles amongst others

“Between 6 and 12 March 2024, a total of 472 ISWAP/JAS terrorists fighters and their families comprising 26 adult males, 146 adult females and 300 children surrendered to troops within the theatre of operations.

On ISWAP/JAS terrorist attack on troops, the director said, “On 11 March 2024, troops with hybrid forces while on offensive operations had meeting engagement with terrorists in Ngala LGA of Borno State.

“Following a fire fight, troops neutralised 12 terrorists and recovered 10 AK47 rifles, 243 rounds of 7.62mm special and 2 motorcycles.

“Troops also discovered and destroyed IEDS and 2 vehicles”

On raid operations, he said, “0n 7 March 2024, troops on patrol raided a suspected BH/ISWAP terrorists hideout in Bama LGA of Borno State.

“During the operation, troops arrested 10 terrorists.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were planning to attack pastors within general area in same LGA.h Fighting Patrols.

“On 8 and 12 March 2024, troops with hybrid forces in separate operations conducted fighting patrols and made contact with terrorists in Kukawa and Bama LGAs of Borno State.

“Following a fire fights, troops neutralized 12 terrorists and recovered 11 AK47 rifles, one dane gun, 244 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 142 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 4 motorcycles and 2 mobile phones amongst others.”

Speaking further on night ambush on SWAP/JAS terrorists, Buba said, “On 8 March 2024, troops on patrol ambushed ISWAP/JAS terrorists and made contact in Jere LGA of Borno State.

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“Following a fire fight, troops neutralized 15 terrorists including one spy.

“Troops also recovered 9 AK47 rifles, 5 locally fabricated guns, 131 rounds of 7.62mm special and 101 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.”

On offensive operations, he said, “On 10 March 2024, troops with hybrid forces conducted offensive operations to a notorious BH/ISWAP terrorists enclave and made contact in Konduga LGA of Borno State.

“Following a fire fight, troops neutralized 18 terrorists and recovered 11 AK47 rifles, 3 locally fabricated guns, 2 locally made double barrel guns, 3 motorcycles, 4 bicycles and 2 mobile phones.”

On arrest of suspected BH/ISWAP terrorist log suppliers, he said, “On 9 and 11 March 2024, troops with hybrid forces in separate operations arrested 6 suspected BH/ISWAP terrorists fighter and collaborator in Damboa and Mobbar LGAs of Borno State.

“During the operations, troops recovered one short gun and 20 empty cases of 7.62mm special ammo amongst others.”

On abduction, the director said, “On 3 March 2024, troops received information from coordinator Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) about suspected abduction of unknown number of IDPs by suspected terrorists in Gamboru Ngala LGA of Borno State.”

According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) left camp to undisclosed location to fetch firewood beyond the permissible distance.

He stressed that they reportedly did not notify the camp authorities of their movement.

Buba added that it was about 8:30 at night, when the IDPs did not return to camp that alarm was raised as to their possible abduction by terrorist.

He said it was at that stage that troops were notified of the incident.

“The standard practice was for troops to be notified prior to any movement of IDPs beyond the permissible distance of 5-7 kms from their camp.

“The IDPs reportedly went beyond the permissible distance to get firewood as a result of deforestation around their camp.

“The terrorist abducted 112 IDPs in the process.

“Nevertheless, effort is ongoing to get back the hostages,”he said.

On air interdiction, he said “on 10 March 10, the air component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted air interdiction.

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Buba said this followed “confirmatory ISR by combine Nigerian Army UAV and the air component on convergence of suspected ISWAP/JAS terrorists within the Southern Tumbuns.

“The location was subsequently acquired and attacked with rockets, neutralising several terrorists and destroying their logistics.

The director said, in a similar development, the Joint Task Force Operation Safe Haven(North Central) arrested violent extremists in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

While giving the summary of activities, Buba said, troops of Operation Safe Haven neutralised two insurgents and arrested 16 violent extremists.

He added that, the “troops recovered one fabricated rifle, one dane gun, 185 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 23 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 6 empty cases of 7.62mm ammo amongst other items.

He said in a similar development, Operation Whirl Stroke, also in North Central, conducted fighting and raid operations in Ukum, Kwande and Ado LGAs of Benue State.

“Following a fire fight, troops neutralized 7 insurgents and 2 locally made gun, 5 dane guns, 74 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2 motorcycles and 2 cutlasses.

“Overall, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE neutralized 7 violent extremists/terrorists and arrested 2 violent extremists.

“Troops recovered 2 locally fabricated guns, 5 dane guns, 74 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 2 motorcycles among others.”

The Army Spokesperson said the Joint Task Force Operation Hadarin Daji in North West recorded successes.

He added that the troops of the operation neutralised 26 terrorists and rescued 15 kidnapped hostages.

He further said they also recovered 22 AK47 rifles, two locally fabricated guns, 5 dane guns, rifle butt and stock, 390 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, eight magazines.

Others according to him are five motorcycles and one mobile phones among other items.

Buba said successes were also recorded in other operations like Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe in South South, Joint Task Force Operation Whirl Punch in North West and Joint Task Force Operation Udo Ka in South East.

 

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