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Troops Arrest 204 Terrorists, 58 Perpetrators of Oil Theft


Troops of the Armed Force of Nigeria had assured that they will ensure insurgents, terrorists and violent extremist groups, pose no further threat to the safety and security of citizens across the country.

The Director, Defence Media Operations(DMO), Major General, Edward Buba who gave the assurance in a statement, Friday, said that on November 23, troops collaborated with personnel of DSS to conduct a sting operation that culminated in the arrest of the leader of ISWAP terrorist group in charge of North Central and North West Zones.

However, in the fight against economic saboteurs in the South South, Buba disclosed that a Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed at 7.45am in Port Harcourt on 1 December 2023, shortly after the aircraft took off to embark its operations.

He explained that the entire crew of five survived the crash with very minor injuries, adding that they are responding to treatment at NAF Medical Centre Port Harcourt, while outcome of investigation would be communicated to the public soon.

Speaking on operations of the week in focus, the DMO said it resulted in 52 neutralized terrorists, arrest of 204 of them were arrested, arrest of 58 perpetrators of oil theft and rescue of 234 kidnapped hostages..

The statement reads in part:

Troops recovered 46 assorted weapons and 148 assorted ammunition. The breakdown are as follows: 30 AK47 rifles, 2 josef magnum pump action gun, one double barrel gun, 2 single barrel guns, 12 locally made pistols, 13 dane guns, one hand grenade, 9 locally made rifles, 3 RPG chargers, 2 locally made hand grenades.

Others are: 120 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 364 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 54 live cartridges, 11 rounds of empty cases of 7.62mm special ammo, 32 magazines, 34 vehicles, 64 mobile phones, 47 motorcycles and sum of N1,582,690.00 amongst other items.

Troops in the Niger Delta area destroyed 7 dugout pits, 25 boats, 47 storage tanks, 5 vehicles, 141 cooking ovens, one pumping machine, one outboard engine, one tricycle, one speedboat, one tugboat and 51 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 267,700 litres of stolen crude oil, 567,700 litres of illegally refined AGO and 5,000 litres of DPK.

The leadership of these groups remain the prime targets of ongoing operations. Accordingly, the armed forces remains determinate to destroy the terrorists, insurgents and violent extremist groups in the country and degrading their military capability.

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