The Nigerian troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have sustained the onslaught against terrorists in the North-East theatre of operation resulting in high BHT/ISWAP casualties on both men and equipment as well as the capture and surrender of some BHT fighters.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said: “in their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process”.
According to him, the encounters also led to the capture of assorted arms and a large cache of ammunition including one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun. Others include 3 Hand Grenades, 5 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. Also captured were 2 Boko Haram criminals’ flags.
In the same vein, one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period.
He regretted that, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action. The wounded personnel has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating.
Equally, 4 BHT/ISWAP criminals including two women namely Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State.
He noted that the troops arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu during a Jumaat prayer at Michika Central Mosque and one Boko Haram fighter captured in the aftermath of an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama LGA of Borno State.
He also said four surrendered by Boko Haram criminals were captured, The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State.
The Coordinator stressed that it is equally heart-warming to note that, troops rescued 35 captives from the captivity of BHTs/ ISWAP criminals. He said “amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male. The rescued children were promptly administered with the Polio vaccine in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while the women were administered with First Aid as required.”
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has commended the troops for the resilience and patriotism they continue to demonstrate in crushing the remnants of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.
He also urges them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country.
Similarly, the Military High Command encourages the troops of LAFIYA DOLE to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of terrorists and their collaborators in the North-East zone of the country. The High Command equally appreciates Nigerians for their support and urges them to continue providing timely information to troops on activities of BHTs/ISWAP collaborators in their respective localities for prompt and effective action.
He added that the encounters also led to the capture of assorted arms and large cache of ammunition, including one anti-aircraft gun, 13 AK-47 rifles, one sniper rifle, 21 locally made guns, two Dane guns and one rocket-propelled gun.