Troops neutralise 202 terrorists, arrest 437 persons in one week – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Friday says troops deployed to various operations across the country neutralised 202 and arrested 437 persons.

The military high command also said troops also arrested 30 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 209 kidnapped hostages.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who disclosed this in a statement, said troops denied the oil thieves crude estimated to worth the sum of Seven Hundred and Eighteen Million One Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira (N718,171,000.00) only.

He said troops recovered 201 assorted weapons and 5,346 assorted ammunition.

According to him, the breakdown are as follows: “3 G3 rifles, 105 AK47 rifles, 4 AK49 rifles, 17 locally fabricated gun, 37 dane guns, 9 pump action guns, one  fabricated SMG, 2 double barrel guns, 2 single barrel guns, one pistol, 6 locally fabricated pistol, one revolver rifle, one damaged PKT, 4 grenades, one RPG bomb, one charger and 4 bandoliers.

“ 3,232 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 833 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 59 rounds of 9mm ammo, 28 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 1,017 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 177 live cartridges, 118 magazines, 9 baofeng radios, 8 vehicles, 118 motorcycles, 10 vehicles, 3 bicycles, 44 mobile phones and the sum of N74,702,320.00 only amongst other items.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 28 dugout pits, 15 boats and 55 storage tanks.  Other items recovered include 7 cooking ovens, 7 vehicles, 8 mobile phones, 2 pumping machines, 2 baofeng radios, one outboard engine and 45 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 707,200 litres of stolen crude oil, 149,700 litres of illegally refined AGO and 400 litres of DPK,” he said.

 He said the armed forces remain steadfast in executing its role to restore the safety and security of the citizens of this country.

“Troops are in a good place in winning the war. Ongoing counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations remains focussed on fighting the terrorist and their cohorts across the country.

“Accordingly, in the last one  week, the military have been striking the terrorist enclaves with air attacks. Similary, the ground forces  have exerted significant military power on areas in which the terrorists are hibernating.”