Counter Insurgency: Nigerian Troops Neutralise 197 Terrorists

By Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian troops have neutralised 197 terrorists and arrested 310 persons in the last two weeks across the country.

The Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba made the declaration while briefing Journalists on ongoing military operations in different parts of the country in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

General Buba said that “troops also arrested 22 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 251 kidnapped hostages.”

He said that sequel to the killings of 5 personnel at the checkpoint in Abia, troops conducted several intelligence based operations that led to the discovery and destruction of several IPOB/ESN terrorists camps across the region such as at Igboro Forest in Arochukwu LGA of Abia State among others.

He noted that several arrests were made from the raids with those found to be culpable still in detention.

Surely, there is intelligence value to the raids and arrests that were made. Those in detention are assisting troops to locate other camps, sleeper cells and high profile individuals involved in the activities of the terrorist group,” General Buba said.

According to him, in the South South, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Million Six Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand One Hundred Naira (N765, 654,100.00) only.

Furthermore, troops recovered 180 assorted weapons and 5,123 assorted ammunition.

According to General Buba, the breakdown is as follows; “Two PKT guns, one fabricated Arty gun, one G3 rifle, 73 AK47 rifles, 17 locally fabricated gun, 21 dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 2 revolver rifles, one short dane gun, 3 double barrel guns, 3 single barrel guns, one pistol, 4 locally fabricated pistols, 5 fabricated beretta pistols, one beretta pistol, one jojeff magnum pump action gun, one Exp 64 semi auto rifle, 10 hand grenades, 3 60mm mortar bombs, bandoliers and 10 fabricated Arty bombs.

“Others are: 3,207 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,022 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 13 rounds of 9mm ammo, 243 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 240 rounds of 7.62x 51mm, 132 rounds of 5.56 x 54mm ammo, 143 live cartridges, 59 magazines, one pistol magazine, one ECOM HH radio, 4 baofeng radios, 4 vehicles, 47 motorcycles, 21 mobile phones and the sum of N1,236,200.00 as well as CFA 608,000.00 only amongst other items.

He noted that troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 29 dugout pits, 22 boats and 26 storage tanks.

Other items recovered include 66 cooking ovens, 85 drums, 8 vehicles, 3 mobile phones and 43 illegal refining sites.

Troops recovered 728,360 litres of stolen crude oil, 143,450 litres of illegally refined AGO,1,100litres of DPK
and 18,750 litres of PMS.

On the other hand, the attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to weighty allegations labelled against the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) by the Zamfara State Governor in a recent interview on Channels TV.

General Buba said that “the AFN hereby makes it unequivocally clear that it is a professional force that is subservient to political authority, particularly the political leadership of Zamfara State.”

According to him, the military will not join issues with the Governor, rather we choose the part of cooperation over conflict with the state Governor and look forward to constructively engaging with him on these matters.

He noted that troops of Op HADARIN DAJI deployed to Zamfara State have lost 9 personnel so far in the month of June 2024.

These killed in action personnel are a painful testament of our tireless efforts, commitment and sacrifice to restoring peace and security in the state,” he said.

Nevertheless, the allegations against the military and security forces operating in the state really need to be analysed impartially and understood.

The situation underscores the fact that winning the war without the support of the people of the state is close to impossible.

General Buba noted that despite the state being described as the epicentre of kidnapping, the state has no internal security operation outfit to coordinate activities of security agencies operating in the state, as is found in other states.

“This situation leaves much to be desired,” he said.

The military will continue to work tirelessly to restore safety and security across the nation.

Certainly, there is still a lot of fighting to do, in order to guarantee the safety of the homeland.

A minute of silence was observed for officers that lost their lives in defending their father land.

 

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere

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