The Nigerian Military has assured Nigerians that there is no hiding place for the criminals and armed bandits in the country.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche disclosed this during a news briefing with Journalists in Abuja.
Major General Enenche noted that due to worries from some quarters in North West and North Central parts of the Country that armed bandits could escape from states where the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are conducting various operations at the moment.
He said to address this specifically; “all current operations are in synergy with the ongoing operations in the North West to tackle interstate movement of armed bandits and other criminals within the North West and North Central zones”. In addition, air assets have been deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi states.
On operational activities, he explained that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria is conducting major operations across the country and as such, regular update of their efforts and progress need to be disseminated for the awareness of the general public. Their successes was as a result joint operations by the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and other security agencies to degraded the common enemies of Nigeria and reduced economic sabotage”.
The update covers military operational activities from 6 to 28 May 2020.
Major General Enenche said “troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in various theatres across the Country recorded tremendous successes within the period under review”. In Operation LAFIYA DOLE, several members of the Boko Haram Terrorists/ISWAP (BHT) fighters and senior commanders were neutralised and their logistics facilities, gun trucks and other structures destroyed as well as recovery of weapons.
According to him, within the period under review, a total of 188 BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed and several others suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival. “This is in addition to several others killed in air bombardments. The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE also rescued several civilians – women and children, who were abducted by the terrorists. The total number rescued within this period is 236. The victims have undergone medical checkups and treatments at our health facilities” he added.
He said “troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have in various clearance operations neutralised 392 armed bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings and logistics warehouses within the period under review at Dunya, Abu Radde’s Camp and Ibrahim Mai Bai’s Camp in Jibia and Danmusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State as well as Maikomi and Kurmin Kurain Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State”.
Enenche explained that this is in addition to several others killed by air bombardments. “Also, the air interdiction led to destruction of several logistics facilities and compounds, housing some key bandits’ leaders. Human intelligence report confirmed the casualty figures”.
The Coordinator noted that in Operation WHIRL PUNCH during the period under review, 19 armed bandits were killed in Benue and Taraba States.
“The gallant troops also carried out a raid operation on a criminal hideout off Zaki Biam and Katsina-Ala highway where a notorious armed robber Terugwa Igbagwa alias Orjondu was killed. Troops also recovered large cache of arms and ammunition within the period under review. The killing of Orjondu has brought a great relief to the good people of Benue State and some parts of Taraba State. He was the mastermind of various civilian deaths including kidnapping and assassinations. Equally, notorious militia leader Gana narrowly escaped with injuries when his hideout was raided,” he stated.
Enenche noted that the Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER Patrol Team, on 26 May 20, conducted Anti-Crude oil theft/anti-illegal bunkering operations around Briakiri off Onne and Abise community off Abonema Akukutoru Local Government Area of Rivers state. “During the operations, the team located 2 illegal refining sites with 4 storage tanks laden with estimated 400,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO. The products were impounded while two pumping machines were recovered to the base. No arrest was made as the perpetrators fled on sighting the patrol team”.
In the same vein, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA, on 25 May 20, intercepted a wooden boat and a speed boat around Ilaopashe, Bennett island and Lokpobri communities in Warri and Burutu South Local Government Areas of Delta State.
“The team located 4 illegal refining sites with 14 dug-out pits, 32 surface metal storage tanks and 43 ovens laden with about 628.98 barrels of suspected stolen crude oil as well as 72,000.00 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO. Likewise the team located a 3-inch pipe and associated fittings close to NPDC pipeline around Bennett Island, suspected to have been laid by crude oil thieves. Subsequently, the team disconnected the pipes and fittings. The storage facilities were dismantled while the speed boat was recovered to the base” he explained.
Similarly, the Forward Operating Base IBAKA on 26 May 2020 while on routine patrol around Ewang Creek intercepted and arrested a medium size wooden boat laden with drums of products suspected to be stolen PMS with 2 suspects. “Suspects and items recovered from the arrest include 49,000.00 litres of products suspected to be stolen PMS. The suspects are currently undergoing investigation and will soon be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agency. Furthermore, within the period under review, the Nigerian Navy in furtherance of its quest to secure our Exclusive Economic Zone, and the Gulf of Guinea rescued a Chinese fishing trawler HAILUFENG 11, rescued 18 crewed and arrested 10 sea pirates”, he stated.
He said in summary, the Armed Forces of Nigeria from 6 to 28 May 2020 neutralised 188 BHT/ISWAP criminals in the North East, killed 392 bandits in the North West and 20 bandits/armed militia in the North Central parts of the Country amongst other successes recorded.
“Suffice it to say that human and technical intelligence confirmed that between 6 to 28 May several BHT/ISWAP criminals as well as bandits/armed militia were killed due to our ground and air offensives”.
“Thus, the Military High Command has congratulated all the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have enjoined the public to be proactive in the provision of timely information by reporting suspicious movements and strangers within their locality to military operations headquarters in their areas.
Source: Voice of Nigeria