Report of abduction of 500 persons in Zamfara false – DHQ

The Defence Headquaters (DHQ) has denied reports in some sections of the media that 500 people were abducted by terrorist in Zamfara, saying only four persons were confirmed by troops to have adducted.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba in a statement Friday described the report as “fictitious figures and extreme exaggeration of the situation on the ground.”

He said the current leadership of the military has put measures in place to ensure rotation of troops and welfare.

“On the issue of rotation or overstayed troops in operational area. It is no news that, the current military leadership upon assumption of office addressed several of these issues. In fact, both issues were prioritised in line with enhancing  troops welfare and  administration.

“Accordingly, on the ground, troops continue to demonstrate stamina, resolve and strong desire to remain focused and stay the course until the enduring defeat of the terrorist and their cohorts,”  h e said.

Whhile admitting that a lot needs to be done to ensure a secure nation, he said the military is in a good and strong position in the war against the terrorist.

“The military admits that there is still a lot of work ahead to better secure citizens and protect them from acts of terror. Efforts are ongoing to better the cooperation with the Zamfara State Community Protection Guard. Efforts are ongoing to better secure the citizens in their farmlands with the set in of the rainy season. There is also a lot more ongoing, which is better left unsaid due to ongoing operations in the area.

6. Overall, we are in a good and strong position in this war against the terrorist with many terrorist leaders killed. We are making them pay a much heavier price than we have been forced to pay,” he said.