The combined efforts of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and other security agencies in Operation SAFE CORRIDOR has recorded tremendous success as eleven elements of Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) fighters and repentant Boko haram insurgents surrendered to troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Adamawa State, North-Eastern Nigeria.
This was disclosed by The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche during a news briefing in Abuja.
“This number of surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists /ISWAP fighters was an indication of the heat of their operational activities on the terrorists due to the renewed impetus in the theatre to end the criminality”. Major-General Enenche said.
Major-General Enenche said there are indications that more terrorists are willing to surrender adding that one of such moves was the surrender of 72 family members of BHTs/ISWAP at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State on 10 May 2020 around 8.30 pm, comprising 33 women and 39 children.
“All of them are in the custody of troops for further action as it would be recalled that the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programme for ex-fighters under Operation SAFE CORRIDOR has recorded tremendous success,” he said.
Major-General Enenche noted that 280 clients have successfully undergone the programme and have been reintegrated into society. He said 25 of this number were repatriated to Niger Republic while another 603 clients are due to pass out in June 2020.
Major-General Enenche encouraged other fighters to come out of their hideouts and surrender.
He also called on parents, traditional rulers, community, opinion and religious leaders to guard their wards and children against succumbing to inducements by the BHT/ISWAP for recruitment.
OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE
According to the Defence spokesman, on 9 May 2020 troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, at Uvaha High Ground Area in Limankara, Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State neutralized 3 suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate the defence location.
He said troops of 144 Battalion, 82 Division task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and 271 Task Force Tank Battalion also neutralized 18 Boko haram terrorists within the past one week.
Major-General Enenche said the operations took place at Gamboru Ngala, Firgi Mubi – Kamale Road in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State as well as Ngoshe near the Nigeria – Cameroon border. A total of 72 persons were also rescued from the Boko haram terrorists.
Major-General Enenche noted that a similar operation on 9 May 2020, by troops of 121 Task Force Battalion, at Pulka – Ngurosoye, near Bama town repelled BHT ambush and killed 20 terrorists, while on escort duty.
He also noted that on 13 May 2020, Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops killed 9 BHTs in an ambush at Mainok – Jakana axis in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State which led to the capture of two gun trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
Major-General Enenche said 61 BHT/ISWAP criminals were neutralized while others escaped with gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival.
OPERATION WHIRL STROKE
Major-General Enenche also noted that troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE neutralized 4 assailants on the 12 May 2020 while responding to a distress call on suspected armed herdsmen infiltration at Agasha in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Coordinator said troops recovered 2 AK-47 rifles, 4 magazines and 65 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition from the suspected herdsmen.
Major-General Enenche congratulated the gallant troops for the successes recorded while reiterating the resolve of the Nigerian Armed Forces to end insurgency and other security challenges in the Country.
He thanked the general public for its support and called for more cooperation in the provision of credible and timely information that will facilitate proactive engagements in the military’s fight against insurgency.
Source: Voice of Nigeria