Nigerian Defence Headquarters says 4,770 members of Boko Haram terrorists have again surrendered to Nigerian military troops at different locations under HADIN KAI theater operations in the North East Zone between 1 – 15 June 2022
Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this at the Biweekly media briefing to update Journalists on the activities of the armed forces in the different theaters of operations, covering between 16th to 30th June 2022.
Maj. General Onyeuko the number of surrendered Boko-Haram members comprised of 864 adult males, 1,415 women and 2,490 children, adding that all surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province members and families were profiled and documented while all arrested and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authority for further actions.
According to the DMO, troops of the Nigerian Military also neutralized 11 terrorists, arrested 11 and recovered 14 rustled cattle, 2 AK47 rifles, 3 bicycles, 2 locally made guns, 90 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and 1 golf 2 car during operations.
Acknowledging that Troops of Operation HADIN KAI in the North East Zone have intensified the tempo of their operations, the DMO revealed that “The troops carried out several operational activities in Buduwa, Bama-Pulka road, Tuwe Village, Konduga-Kawuri road, Brema in Damboa Motor Park, Tashangoto, Benishek, Kukaneta all in Borno State.
“These operations led to the rescue of abducted persons, neutralization of terrorists, arrest of terrorists members, recovery of arms and ammunition and other security related items. On 17 and 18 June 2022 troops of 152 Battalion at Buduwa in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State encountered fleeing Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province fighters and engaged the terrorists and in the encounter 7 of the terrorists were neutralized and 14 rustled cattle and 3 bicycles were recovered”, He added.
Onyeuko further stated that “troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN arrested 2 suspected gun runners. Messrs Augustine Davou Nyam and Pam Nyam (AKA TRIGGER) during an operation at Zawan and Du Communities. On 24 and 25 June 2022 troops recovered one locally fabricated AK47 rifle, one dane gun and 3 cutlasses, and arrested two notorious criminals, Mr Rufai Usman and Abubakar Ahmed were arrested by troops at Ex-ladi general area.
“Also, On 28 June 2022 based on credible intelligence troops conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized one Mr Safiyanu Bala 25 years notorious bandit and kidnapper. Same day troops on fighting patrol in pursuit of 2 suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motorcycle”.
The troops according to DHQ, recovered 2 x AK47 rifles, 101 x rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 x magazines, 1 x motor cycle, 1 x iron digger and 2 x black jackets amongst others.
Stressing that the Military high command has continued to sustain fight against anti-illegal bunkering, oil theft and other sundry operations at various parts of Delta and Rivers States, the DMO said troops also carried out massive anti-illegal bunkering, oil refining and crude oil theft in various parts of the South South Zone as several storage tanks, dugout pits, oven, boats laden with both crude oil and illegal refined products were discovered by the troops.
In the North Central zone, troops carried out several operational activities in Buduwa, Bama-Pulka road, Tuwe Village, Konduga-Kawuri road, Brema in Damboa Motor Park, Tashangoto, Benishek, Kukaneta all in Borno State. These operations led to the rescue of abducted persons, neutralization of terrorists, arrest of terrorists members, recovery of arms and ammunition and other security related items.
The Military high command consequently commended the efforts of the troops in the various theatres of operation across the Country.