Troops neutralise 58 terrorists, arrest 40 logistics suppliers, 57 illegal crude refining sites destroyed

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday said troops of Operations Hadin Kai in the North East and Hadarin Daji in the North West neutralised 58 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

The military high command also said troops apprehended 40 suspected logistics suppliers to terrorists, while 39 kidnap victims were rescued.

Director Defence Media Operation Major General Musa Danmadami disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja/ 

According to the defence spokesperson, troops also recovered the sum of Eleven Million Forty Six Thousand and Ten Naira (N11,046,010.00) only from the terrorists.

He also said a total of 743 terrorists and members of their families, comprising 42 adult males, 251 adult females and 452 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre of operation. 

He said: “The land, air and maritime component of Operation HADIN KAI have sustained the intensive efforts to decimate terrorists and other criminals in the North Eastern zone of the country. In furtherance to this, troops conducted several operations against terrorists’ enclaves, hideouts, camps and training ground at villages, mountains and waterside within Konduga, Damboa, Bama, Gwoza, Mafa, Kukawa, Kaga, Shani and Monguno Local Governments Areas of Borno state.

“Troops also conducted operational activities at village within Kwaya Kusa Local Government Area of Yobe state. In these operations troops made contact with terrorists and following these encounters, troops neutralized several Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and captured some while also recovering arms, ammunitions, Improvised Explosive Devices and other sundry items.” 

General Danmadami also said troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN conducted operational activities at villages and communities of Bokkos, Barkin Ladi, Mangu, Riyom and Jos South local government areas of Plateau state. 

According to him, troops also neutralised 4 bandits, arrested 86 suspected criminals and rescued 9 kidnapped civilians. 

Speaking further, he said troops of Operation DELTA SAFE destroyed 57 illegal refining sites.

According to him, a total of Eighty Two Million Four Hundred and Forty Five Thousand One Hundred and Fifty Naira (N82,445,150.00)  worth of crude oil were stopped from being stolen during the period under focus.

He said: “The land, maritime and air component of the Joint Task Force Operation DELTA SAFE as well as other operations in the South-South zone of the country have sustained the efforts in ensuring a relatively safe and peaceful environment for business activities to thrive in the region.

He said troops conducted operational activities at the waterways, bush paths, creeks, cities, towns of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers state.

“During these operations, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE in the conduct of Operation OCTOPUS GRIP and other Operations discovered and destroyed 57 illegal refining sites, 27 wooden boats, 158 storage tanks, 149 ovens and 8 dugout pits. 

“Troops also recovered 122,600 litres of crude oil, 89,850 litrers of AGO, 7 vehicles, 18 pumping machines, 1 outboard engine, 1 speedboat, 6 assorted ammunitions, 1 weapon and 1 tricycle. Troops also arrested 16 suspected economic saboteurs,” he said.

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