Troops Neutralise Armed Bandits, Rescue Kidnapped Victims

The Air Task Force component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE neutralized several ISWAP terrorist elements and destroyed their structures as well as some logistics items in air strikes conducted at Tumbun Gini general area of Borno State.

The Cordinator Defence Media POperations, Major General John Enenche disclosed this while briefing journalist on Operations across all theatres of operations covering 31st December 2020 to 6th January 2021.

According to General Enenche, this was achieved after series of aerial surveillance missions indicated that the structures and logistics items, camouflaged under dense vegetation was used as staging area for the criminals and their leaders to meet, plan and launch attacks on troops and civilians.

The Air Task Force destroyed new Boko Haram Terrorists settlement and neutralized some of their fighters at Mana Waji in Borno Stateand took out some Boko Haram Terrorist  hideouts, eliminating some of their fighters at Kote Kura and Bulama Isamari within the Timbuktu Triangle in Borno State.

In the North West Zone, Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI while on routine patrol around Gidan Dan Nunu and Dutsi villages of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State made contact with bandits and rescued 7 kidnapped victims from their claws.

Similarly, while acting on credible intelligence, the troops also rescued 2 women and a child kidnapped at Kimbisawa village of Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. Rescued victims were immediately reunited with their families.

“In a related development, troops of Operation ACCORD rescued 3 kidnapped victims on New Year day following credible intelligence that armed bandits stormed Tungar Ruwa village in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Rescued victims have been reunited with their families. Equally, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY arrested two suspected armed bandits on New Year day following a tip off at Maraban Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area. Preliminary investigation revealed that suspects had connection with a notorious armed bandit leader in Madachi village of Sabuwa Local Government Area.

In the same vein, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY on 2 January 2021, based on credible intelligence neutralized five armed bandits at Garin Garus. Items recovered include, 2 AK 47 rifles, 2 magazines and 18 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. Troops have continued to dominate the North West theatre of operation with aggressive fighting and aerial patrols to deny the criminal elements freedom of action” said Enenche.

In the North Central Zone, the troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, in collaboration with personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), arrested 3 suspected gun runners Yahaya Aliyu, Maiwada Idris and Ishaq Mohammed at Kafanchan in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The suspects were handed over to the DSS for further investigation.

The troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, in collaboration with the DSS, also arrested a suspected member of a notorious kidnap gang, one Suleiman Tanko picked up at a clinic at Ungwan Carpenter village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State where he was receiving treatment for gunshot wounds sustained during a recent kidnap operation foiled by troops. Tanko’s arrest was followed by the arrest of another wanted kidnap kingpin, one Mallam Abdulmuminu Nuhu at Fobur village in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State on 3 January 2021. Same day, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN apprehended 3 suspects, Messrs David Kure, Peter Adamu, and Bulus Duniya, in connection with the alleged murder of a Fulani herder at Matyeu village of Zonzon district in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

In the South West Zone, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE acting on credible intelligence, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA Patrol team located a wooden boat laden with about 200,000 litres of product suspected to be crude oil. Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA patrol team discovered and immobilized an illegal refining site with 9 storage tanks and 4 ovens containing crude oil estimated to be about 150,000 litres at Olaipase Creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The patrol team also located another illegal refinery site with 15 storage tanks and 8 ovens laden with substance suspected to be illegally refined AGO estimated to be about 250,000 litres.

The Military High Command encourages the troops and personnel of other security agencies to remain resolute and to sustain the tempo in all the Joint Operations Areas while urging Members of the general public to continue providing timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies.


Source: Voice of Nigeria