It also disclosed that no fewer than one hundred and six (156) criminal elements including terrorists and bandits were killed within the same period.
Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko said during the Directorate of Defence Media Operations
bi-weekly briefing on Armed Forces of Nigeria’s operational activities.
While disclosing that eight nine (89) livestock were intercepted from cattle rustlers, the Acting Director also revealed that no fewer than thirty-three (33) kidnaped victims were rescued by the troops within the period under review.
General Onyeuko said that various kinetic operations were carried out to deny terrorists, armed bandits, and other criminal elements’ freedom of action as well as the frustrate movement of arms and other illegal items in all theatres of operations.
He added that several operations were carried out to curb illegal oil activities and deter economic saboteurs’ freedom of action in carrying out their nefarious activities.
The Acting Director noted that the period which covered 29 July to 12 August 2021, across various theatres, yielded significant results.
He said: “The Headquarters of Operation HADIN KAI has intensified its operations in the North East theatre. The intensity of these operations has yielded tremendous results as evidenced in the number of casualties and massive surrender of terrorists in Buni Yari, Gorgore, Baga, and Monguno Towns as well as Maiduguri – Baga Road, Maiduguri – Damboa Road, and Bula Yobe – Darel Jamel Road. Operations were also carried out at Kayamri and Mairari villages, as well as Monguno and Kukawa Towns, all in Borno State.
“Cumulatively, the operations led to the neutralization of 27 BHT/ISWAP fighters, arrest of 51 BHT/ISWAP terrorists, 3 terrorists’ collaborators as well as recovery of 35 assorted arms and 1,051 round of ammunition including AK-47 and FN rifles, Dushka anti-aircraft guns, GPMG, PKT guns, 60 mm mortar tubes, Makarov pistol and other machine guns, amongst other items. In addition, 29 abducted civilians were rescued within the period under review. Gentlemen no fewer than 1,000 terrorists and their families comprising adult females and children surrendered to their own troops at different locations in the North East. Notable among them is the notorious BHT bomb expert named, Musa Adamu aka Mala Musa Abuja, and his deputy, Usman Adamu aka Abu Darda. This has in no small measure depleted the BHT fighting force.
“On 31 July 2021, there were distress calls from locals, on cattle rustling and kidnapping incidents and armed bandits’ attacks on farmers, at Bagida village in Sokoto State; Shinkafi in Zamfara State and Maigora, Falale and Ungwan Dudu villages as well as Kankara – Katsina Road in Katsina State. In all incidents, troops repelled the criminals, rescued farmers and kidnapped victims as well as recovered arms, ammunition and some livestock, while some criminal elements were arrested. Cumulatively, a total of 89 livestock, 5 AK-47 rifles, 3 rounds of 9mm ball and 48 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition were recovered and 4 kidnap victims rescued. Also, 2 notorious cattle rustlers named, Mallam Buda Umar from Niger Republic and Mai Hatsi Ibrahim from Gada LGA of Sokoto State as well as 4 armed bandits and drug peddlers were arrested.
“Furthermore, between 2 and 6 August 2021, the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI, carried out intensive air strikes on bandits’ hideouts at the South of Dansadau Town; North of Kwiambana Forest Reserves as well as North of Sububu Forest and Dudufi village under Faru District in Maradun LGA, all in Zamfara State. The air strikes resulted in the destruction of bandits’ structures including the residence of one of their leaders, Halilu Tubali, in which the armed bandits converged for a meeting. The air strikes in conjunction with ground troops’ assaults resulted in the neutralization of no fewer than 123 armed bandits and destruction of their logistics facilities in the process”.
General Onyeuko further assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will continued to remain committed to fight all forms of criminality until sustainable peace is achieved.
While appreciating the enormous sacrifices of the troops in the various theatres of operations across the country, the Military High Command also applauded their courage, service and commitment to the nation.
He concluded that the Armed Force of Nigeria (AFN) also appreciated the public and the press for their support and appealed to them to continue to provide credible and timely information that will facilitate the military’s proactive engagements in all the theatres of operation.