Armed Forces Of Nigeria Enhances Intelligence Gathering Against Insurgency

By Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Armed Forces of Nigeria has intensified intelligence collection efforts targeted at hunting terrorists and striking them where they maybe hiding and hibernating.

In a statement, the Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba said that the aim is to end terrorists and the infrastructure that supports them.

Additionally, operational adjustments have been made to prioritise protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming.

According to him, during the week under review, troops neutralised 220 and arrested 395 persons.

He noted that “troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages.”

General Buba said “in the South South region of the country, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of One Billion Eight Hundred and Sixty Million One Hundred and Fifty One Thousand Seven Hundred Naira (N1,860,151,700.00) only.”

Furthermore, troops recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition.

The breakdown as follows: 3 PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles, 18 locally fabricated gun, 16 dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 2 double barrel guns, 2 single barrel guns, 8 locally fabricated pistols, 2 revolver rifles, one hand grenades, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, 2 tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier.

Others are: 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, 17 magazines, 3 baofeng radios, 8 vehicles, 32 motorcycles, 59 mobile phones and the sum of N813,550.00 only amongst other items.

Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks. Other items recovered include 215 cooking ovens, 2 speedboats, 44 drums, 3 tug boats, 3 barges, 4 wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, 3 motorcycles, 6 mobile phones and 105 illegal refining sites.

They recovered 1,099,860 litres of stolen crude oil, 1,101,700 litres of illegally refined AGO, 27350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS.

Troops will continue to employed significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country.

Meanwhile, winning the war against terrorists remains non-negotiable.

 

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere

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