Troops arrest terrorists’ leader, 204 others

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Friday said troops deployed in different theatres of operation across the country neutralized 52 terrorists and arrested 204 others.

The military high command also said troops rescued 234 kidnapped hostages from different parts of the country.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who disclosed in a statement on Friday, said troops in the South-south region of the country denied oil thieves crude worth the sum of Six  Hundred and Sixty Eight Million Seven Hundred Thirty One Thousand Naira (N668,731,000.00) only.

 According to him, troops in collaboration with the operatives of the Department of State Services arrested the leader of Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorist group in North-central and North-west zones.

Buba said, “The ongoing military operations continue to decimate the fighting force of the insurgents, terrorists, and violent extremists across the country. Accordingly, their fighting capacity is low and they are on the run.

“Troops are targeting the leadership of these groups to ensure they pose no further threat to the safety and security of citizens. Significantly, on 29 November 23, at Tarum Village located on the outside of Bauchi Metropolis in Bauchi state.

“Troops collaborated with personnel of DSS to conduct a sting operation that culminated in the arrest of the leader of ISWAP terrorist group in charge of North-central and North-west zones. He is in custody. Similarly, air interactions have been conducted on several enclaves of these terrorist leaders in the North-central and North-west zones with much success.”

Speaking further, he general Buba said troops recovered 46 assorted weapons and 148 assorted ammunition.

He said the breakdown are as follows: “30 AK47 rifles, 2 josef magnum pump action gun, one double barrel gun, 2 single barrel guns, 12 locally made pistols, 13 dane guns, one hand grenade, 9 locally made rifles, 3 RPG chargers, 2 locally made hand grenades.

“Others are 120 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 364 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 54 live cartridges, 11 rounds of empty cases of 7.62mm special ammo, 32 magazines, 34 vehicles, 64 mobile phones, 47 motorcycles and sum of N1,582,690.00 amongst other items.”

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