Troops neutralise 135, arrested 182 persons

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Friday says troops deployed to different theatres of operations across the country neutralised 135 and arrested 182 persons.

The military high command also said troops also arrested 15 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 140 kidnapped hostages.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who stated in a statement, said in the South south, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred  and Thirty One Million Four Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty Two Naira (N731,448,262.00) only.

He said troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 11 dugout pits, 29 boats, 24 drums, 4 receiver, 7 reservoirs and 41 storage tanks. 

“Other items recovered include 115 cooking ovens, 2 generators, 13 vehicles, 3 pumping machines and 40 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 588,400 litres of stolen crude oil and 238,686 litres of illegally refined AGO,” he said.

According to him, troops recovered 97 assorted weapons and 3,117 assorted ammunition.

He said the breakdown are  as follows: “47 AK47 rifles, one PKM MG, one FN rifle, 17 locally fabricated gun, 21 dane guns, 9 pump action guns, 3 locally fabricated pistols, 3 x 36 hand grenade and one IED.

“ 1,087 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 840 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 402 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, 88 rounds of 5.56mm, 33 rounds of 9mm x 99mm ball ammo, 90 live cartridges, 29 magazines, 15 vehicles, 21 motorcycles, 6 bicycles, 43 mobile phones and the sum of N2,024,210.00 amongst other items.”

He said the military is in  a good and strong position in the war against terrorist with many terrorist leaders killed.

“Troops have significantly diminished the military capabilities of these terrorist groups and continue to do so. We are making the terrorist and their cohorts,  pay a much heavier price than we have been forced to pay.

“The military continues to defeat the terrorist and their cohorts in ongoing counter terrorist and insurgency operations across the country. Accordingly, on the ground, troops continue to demonstrate stamina, resolve, strong desire to remain focused and stay the course in order to completely annihilate the terrorist,” he said.