Troops neutralised 220 criminals, arrested 395 – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters Friday said troops deployed to various theaters of operations across the country   neutralised 220 criminals and arrested 395 persons.

The military high command also said troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who disclosed this in a statement, added that in the South South, troops denied the oil thieves crude estimated to worth the sum of One Billion Eight Hundred and Sixty Million One Hundred and Fifty One Thousand Seven Hundred Naira (N1,860,151,700.00) only.

He said troops recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition.

According to him, the breakdown is as follows: “3 PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles, 18 locally fabricated gun, 16 dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 2 double barrel guns, 2 single barrel guns, 8 locally fabricated pistols, 2 revolver rifles, one hand grenades, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, 2 tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier.

“Others are 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, 17 magazines, 3 baofeng radios, 8 vehicles, 32 motorcycles, 59 mobile phones and the sum of N813,550.00 only amongst other items.”

He said troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks. Other items recovered include 215 cooking ovens, 2 speedboats, 44 drums, 3 tug boats, 3 barges, 4 wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, 3 motorcycles, 6 mobile phones and 105 illegal refining sites.

“Troops recovered 1,099,860 litres of stolen crude oil, 1,101,700 litres of illegally refined AGO, 27350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS,” he said.

He said troops will continue to employed significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country, adding that winning the war against the terrorist is not negotiable.

“The armed forces has intensified intelligence collection effort targeted at hunting terrorist and striking them where they may be hiding and hibernating.

“The aim is to kill this terrorist and the infrastructure that supports them. Additionally, operational adjustments have been made to prioritize protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming,” he said.