Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko made this revelation while briefing Defence correspondent on military operations across the federation.
These operations he said yielded significant results notwithstanding some negative incidents of the past week.
He noted that this is evident in the reduction of the spate of incidents recorded; the massive surrendering of terrorists in the North East as well as reduction in IPOB/ESN activities in the South East and economic sabotage in the South-South and South West zones of the country.
While noting that the briefing intends to highlight some of its operational efforts that yielded significant results between 12 August and 2 September 2021, General Onyeuko said:
“Suffice to note that, within the last few weeks, more than 5,890 terrorists comprising foot soldiers and their commanders have surrendered with their families to own troops in the North East Zone”.
He equally disclosed that a total of 565 BHT’s comprising 3 Commanders, 4 Amirs, 5 Nakibs and 5 cattle rustling specialists, out of the surrendered BHTs and their family members were handed over to the Borno State Government in Maiduguri for further management after thorough profiling.
“Meanwhile, on 14 June 2021, own troops repelled terrorists’ attack in Borno State as troops, with the support of the Air Component through air interdiction missions, inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists and their equipment. No fewer than 48 of the terrorists, including fighters and commanders were neutralized and their logistic base and facilities including 3 gun trucks were destroyed in the process.
“A total of 52 assorted arms and 1,977 rounds of 7.62mm assorted calibre ammunition including AK-47 and FN rifles with magazines, hand grenades, commando mortar guns, locally fabricated rifles, Dushka anti-aircraft guns, Dane guns and Nigerian Police rifles among other items were recovered from surrendered terrorists and operations within the period. Also, a total of 7 terrorists collaborators/informants and logistics suppliers were arrested and handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for necessary actions,” he explained.
He added that a total of 15 armed bandits, 2 armed robbers were neutralized, 20 terrorists, 13 bandits’ informants arrested, while 15 motorcycles were recovered in the troubled zones within the period.
Other include 2 AK 47 rifles, 33 kidnap victims rescued, 66 criminal elements were arrested and some vandalized railway sleepers/tracks were recovered within the period in focus.
“The operations that led to the significant results were carried out at Gidan Zuma village under Kwatarkwashi District
and Bakinwa in Gusau LGA; Matuzgi and Gora Namaye village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State; and along Gurbi – Shimfida Road in Jibia LGA of Katsina State. Other locations where significant results were recorded include; Magam village in Tangaza LGA of Sokoto State, Faskari Town and Batsari/Ruma general area in Batsari LGA and Jibia Town in Jibia LGA of Katsina State,” he further disclosed.