The Nigerian Armed Forces says it has restored normalcy to the North-East of the country as it intensified offensives against Boko haram terrorists through concerted and deliberate land and air operations.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche who stated this during a news briefing in Abuja said the move was in line with the operational mandate to decisively end all terrorists’ activities in the region.
Major General Enenche said, “troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE carried out several aggressive clearance operations at various locations within the theatres, in the North-East, North-West, North-Central and Niger Delta Region, including a daring counter-attack on Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to infiltrate Monguno town”.
He noted that the counterattack by troops at Monguno resulted in the neutralization of 41 terrorists and the recovery of a large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment, as well as the rescue of 33 captives, amongst others.
According to him, “in the North-West, Armed Forces of Nigeria troops have continued to build on recent successes against armed bandits operating in the region following intensive ground and air assaults on their identified bases, with scores of bandits killed. Within the period under review, the Land and Air components of Operations HADARIN DAJI, KATSINA and ACCORD, carried out aggressive Clearance Operations at several identified bandits’ enclaves.
“Most importantly was the attack on 3 camps operated by one “Adamu Aleiro” in a forest along Katsina – Zamfara boundary area. Scores of bandits were killed during that encounter, with several others injured. In the process, troops also apprehended 3 suspected bandits, including one Ibrahim Isa clad in military camouflage while 6 kidnapped victims were rescued, amongst other recoveries”.
Major General Enenche said troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under the auspices of Operation ACCORD, carried out several Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities at various communities within the North-West theatre.
The activities include drilling and completion of 7 boreholes at Mazoji, Kururubai and Gabasawa B communities in Daura LGA, Tudun Matawalle, Rahamawa and Tudun-Dole and Natsinta communities of Katsina LGA. Presently, 2 additional boreholes are being drilled in Dangeza and Dunya villages in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State. Plans are also underway to construct a Medical Dispensary in Mazoji community in Daura LGA, as well as renovate schools in the vicinity.
Major General Enenche said the troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE on 14 Jun 2020 apprehended one militia leader popularly known as Alhaji Audu from Olegeje community in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State in the North-Central Theatre.
According to him, in the course of the operation, arms and ammunition were recovered. Alhaji Audu was suspected to be responsible for several attacks in the community and has been on the wanted list of security agencies for some time now and his arrest has brought relative peace to the surrounding communities.
According to the Coordinator, troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have continued to degrade the activities of economic saboteurs through ongoing anti-illegal oil bunkering operations in the Niger-Delta region.
“Within the week under review, a total of 5 illegal refineries, 14 surface metal storage tanks, 9 coolers, 9 cooking ovens were confiscated and the site has been earmarked for swamp buggy operations. While about 2,640.5 barrels of stolen crude oil, 80,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil and 43,000 liters of Premium Motor Spirit were seized. Troops also neutralized 4 militants and recovered arms and ammunition during clearance operations on pirates/militants’ camps at Ibokiri and New Jerusalem in Degema LGA of Rivers State”.
Enenche said “since the commencement of Operation ACCORD, several high-profile terrorists’ and bandits’ leaders have surrendered while many others have been neutralized and their equipment captured by their gallant troops.
“In the period under review, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has neutralized 52 criminals across all theatres with the destruction and recovery of weapons”.
Enenche said the Military High Command appreciates the general public for the cooperation in providing credible information which has so far facilitated the successes of the operations.
“If you see something, say something to the security agencies”. He added.