Military arrests 143 suspects, rescues 58 kidnap victims, others

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Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, Director, Defence Media Operations says troops of Operation Hadin Kai, has arrested 143 suspects, rescued 58 kidnap victims and neutralised 71 terrorists.

Buba made this known at a news briefing in Abuja, while giving report of military operations as at April 18.

He said troops also recovered “62 AK47 rifles, 3 PKT guns, 15 fabricated guns, 14 dane guns, one hand grenade, 948 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 617 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.”

He further said the troops recovered “70 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, one round of 105mm ammo, 10 magazines, 3 baofeng radios, 11 motorcycles, 16 mobile phones and the sum of 652,700.00” among others.

Buba said the troops carried out offensive patrols to Bama, Konduga, Damboa and Kaga LGAs of Borno State as well as Gujba and Tarmuwa LGAs of Yobe State in the course of their activities.

According to him, the theatre recorded the surrendering of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists combatants and their families in Bama and Gwoza LGAs of Borno State among others.

While giving details of operations in the North East, the director said “Sequel to the arrest of a terrorists Commander named Saidu Hassan Yellow (Khaid) on April 9, troops discovered an uncompleted building where the suspect lived.”

He said troops recovered “3 Ak47 rifles, one locally made pistol, 150 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammo, 5 rounds of 9mm ammo, one 36 Hand grenades and 6 notes of fake $100.00 USD.

“However, the terrorists claimed that the items belong to one Mohammed Jibrin who visited him 3 weeks before the fasting.”

The director said during clearance operations, troops recovered “8 AK 47 rifles 3 locally fabricated guns, 6 dane gun, 307 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 108 rnds of 7.62 mm NATO ammo, 26 live cartridges, 4 empty AK 47 rifle magazines one M16 rifle magazine, one Baofeng radio.

“Offensive Operations. On 10 – 16 April 2024, troops conducted fighting patrol to terrorists enclaves in Bama, Konduga, Damboa and Kaga LGAs of Borno State as well as Gujba and Tarmuwa LGAs of Yobe State.

He further said “troops neutralised 16 terrorists and recovered 9 AK 47 rifles, 7 Dane guns, one 105 mm PH Gun 128 rnds of 7.62 mm NATO ammo, 203 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo, 2 improvised hand grenades.”

Others according to him are, “4 empty AK 47 rifle magazines, one M16 rifle magazines, 4 MRAP tyres other weapons and equipment destroyed by aircraft” among others.

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On activities of troops of Operation Safe Haven in the North Central, Buba said,”troops neutralised “4 insurgents, arrested 36 violent extremists and rescued 4 kidnapped hostages.

“Troops recovered 5 AK47 rifle, 7 fabricated guns, one fabricated pistols, one fabricated pistol, 303 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 72 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 15 live cartridges, 2 motorcycle and 4 mobile phones”among others.”

While giving breakdown of activities in the region, he said, “between 10 – 15 April 2024, troops while on patrol to Kaura, Mangu, Jos N Riyom and Barkin Ladi of Kaduna and Plateau troops arrested 6 violent extremists/criminals.”

Buba added that they recovered “one fabricated pistol, 2 fabricated guns, 2 USD notes, a car key, 18 rustled cow and 4 mobile phones.c. Herders Militias Attack on Locals.

“On 13 and 15 April 2024, troops responded to information on herder militias attack on locals in Mangu and Bokkos LGAs of Plateau State but no contact was made.

“On arrival, troops discovered that the criminals had killed 7 civilians and injured 13 others as well as burnt a church and one house.

“Troops conducted cordon and search of the general area and recovered 3 locally fabricated rifle, 2 AK47 rifles, 60 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo and 15 cartridges.

Buba added that on 15 April 2024, troops responded to information on armed robbery activities in Bokkos and Jos East LGAs of Plateau State. On arrival, troops arrested 3 criminals and recovered 2 fabricated gun 34 rounds of 7.62mm special.

On activities of Operation Whirl Stroke, also in the North Central, Buba said, overall, troops neutralised 25 terrorists, arrested 17 violent extremists and rescued 4 kidnapped hostages.

“Troops recovered 17 AK47 rifles, 8 fabricated rifles, 6 dane guns, 3 locally made pistol, one barretta pistol, 3 pump action, 331 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 252 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 164 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ball ammo, 2 vehicle, 3 motorcycles and 5 mobile phones” among others.

In the breakdown, the director said,
“On 8 April 2024, troops with vigilantes conducted offensive operations to Ussa LGA of Taraba State and made contact with violent extremist/terrorists.

“Following a fire fight, troops neutralized 12 terrorists and recovered 8 AK 47 rifles, 2 dane guns, 205 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammo and 87 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm ball.

“On 8 April 2024, troops and DSS personnel raided a BH/ISWAP terrorists hideout in Awe LGA of Nasarawa State.

“During the operations, troops arrested one high profile BH/ISWAP terrorists member named Abdullahi Ibrahim (aka Baban Bola) with 7 others who were on the DSS Wanted List.

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“Troops recovered 3 Ak47 rifles, 2 locally made pistol, 3 fabricated guns, 124 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo and 71 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammo among other activities.”

On activities of troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in the North West, Buba said, “Overall, troops neutralized 62 terrorists, arrested 49 terrorists and rescued 36 kidnapped hostages.

“Troops recovered 47 AK47 rifles, 14 fabricated guns, 8 dane guns, one locally fabricated revolver gun, 1,452 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 428 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 40 rounds of 9mm ammo, 17 magazines, one boafeng radio, 11 motorcycles, 14 mobile phones” among other items.”

In the breakdown he said, “On 8 and 9 April 2024, troops conducted offensive operations to Maru LGA of Zamfara State and to a notorious terrorists kingpin Yellow Janbros camp.

“During the operations contact was made and troops neutralized 13 while several others fled with gunshot wounds as well as rescued 3 hostages.

‘Troops exploited the general area and recovered 11 AK 47 rifles, 4 locally fabricated guns, one dane gun, one locally made pistol, 4 AK 47 magazines 430 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 128 rounds of 7,62mm NATO, 4 rounds of 9mm ammo, 4 motorcycles among other items.”

Speaking on activities of troops of Operation Whirl Punch, North West, the director said “overall, troops arrested 14 criminals and recovered 5 AK47 rifles, one shotgun, 2 dane guns, one pump action, 1,194 rounds of cartridges, 209 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo.

Others according to him are, “7 pairs of boots, 9 berets, 4 belts, one digital camera, 3 fragment jackets, 620 parcels substances suspected to be marijuana , 10 Yoruba Nation flags, 8 mobile phone, 4 handheld radios among other sundry items.”

In the breakdown he said, “On 8 April 2024, troops arrested 2 and intercepted a vehicle laden with 620 parcels substances suspected to be marijuana weighing over 310 kg in Lokoja LGA of Kogi State.

“On 9 April 2024 following a credible information, troops in Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State arrested a murderer named Muhammed Suleiman Salisu in connection with murder of Ardo Saleh at Dutsen Bako village in Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.

“On 9 April 2024, troops while conducting stop and search patrol intercepted a vehicle with 2 occupants in Jama’a LGA of Kaduna State. On searching the vehicle, troops recovered one bag of substances suspected to be cannabis sativa” among others.

On activities of Operation Delta Safe in the South South, the Military Spokesperson said “troops recovered 792,660 litres of stolen crude oil and 117,070 litres of illegally refined AGO.

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“Additionally, troops discovered and destroyed 99 dugout pits, 11 boats and 29 storage tanks.

“Other items recovered include 192 cooking ovens, 9 vehicles and 31 illegal refining sites.21.

“Troops apprehended 27 suspected oil thefts and other violent extremists.

“Troops recovered 5 weapons and 162 assorted ammunition.”

On details of the operations, Buba said troops destroyed Illegal refining sites.

He added that troops discovered and destroyed 99 dugout pits, 11 boats and 29 storage tanks.

“Other items recovered include 192 cooking ovens, 9 vehicles and 31 illegal refining sites” among others.

On Operation Udo Ka in the South East, Buba said, “overall, troops, “neutralized 9 terrorists, arrested 11 violent extremists and rescued 17 kidnapped hostages.

“Troops recovered 4 AK47 rifles, 3 pump action guns, one locally made pistols, 3 fabricated gun, 2 magazines, 317 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 98 rounds of 55mm special ammo, 97 rounds of 9mm ammo, 54 live cartridges, 2 vehicle, one motorcycles, 5 mobile phones.

“All recovered items, arrested suspects and rescued hostages were handed over to the relevant authority for further action,”he said.

On details of operations, he said “on 8 April 2024, troops while on patrol raided a criminal hideout at Akpabuyo LGA of Cross River State and arrested one criminal and recovered 2 Pump Actions, 40 live cartridges and 4 matchets.

“On 10 and 15 April 2024, troops while on fighting patrol made contact with members of Ezza militias in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State and but the criminals fled.

Troops exploited their withdrawal rote and recovered one fabricated Rifle, 3 AK 47 magazines, 97 rounds of 9mm ammo, 230 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo, 80 rounds of 55mm special ammo.

“On 13 April 2024, in Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State while on patrol arrested one Mr Solomon Nwinya, a dismissed soldier who paraded himself as serving LCpl intimidating/ harassing locals.

“Troops recovered 2 cartridge, 3 cam T-shirts, one complete woodland cam uniform, one HH radio and one mobile phone”among others.

“On 15 April 2024, troops while on fighting patrol made contact with IPOB/ESN violent extremists in Orlu LGAs of Imo States during the operations.

“Troops neutralized 4 violent extremists/IPOB members and recovered 2 fabricated Rifles, one AK 47 rifles, 2 magazines, 41 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammo ammo, 87 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo, 18 rounds of 55mm special ammo, 10 empty cases of cartridges, 5 mobile phones” among others.

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