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Winning The War Without the Support of Nigerians is in Impossible – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says Nigerian military has designed strategies to defeat and destroy terrorism as well as dismantle terror infrastructure across the country.

The Director, Defence Media Operations(DMO), Edward Buba who gave the assurance while analysing operations in the week under review said the military will keep working tirelessly to restore safety and security across the nation.

He said the troops during operations neutralised 197 terrorists, arrested 310 persons and in the Southsouth denied oil theft of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand ,One Hundred Naira only.

Accordding to the DMO, troops recovered 180 assorted weapons and 5,123 assorted ammunition with the breakdown as follows breakdown as follows: 2 PKT guns, one fabricated Arty gun, one G3 rifle, 73 AK47 rifles, 17 locally fabricated gun, 21 dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 2 revolver rifles, one short dane gun, 3 double barrel guns, 3 single barrel guns, one pistol, 4 locally fabricated pistols, 5 fabricated baretta pistols, one berretta pistol, one jojef magnum pump action gun, one Exp 64 semi auto rifle, 10 hand grenades, 3 60mm mortar bombs, bandoliers and 10 fabricated Arty bomb.

“Others are: 3,207 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,022 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 13 rounds of 9mm ammo, 243 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 240 rounds of 7.62
x 51mm, 132 rounds of 5.56 x 54mm ammo, 143 live cartridges, 59 magazines,
one pistol magazine, one ECOME HH radio, 4 baofeng radios, 4 vehicles, 47 motorcycles, 21 mobile phones and the sum of N1,236,200.00 as well as
CFA 608,000.00 only amongst be items.
In the same vein , the troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 29 dugout pits, 22 boats and 26 storage tanks. Other items recovered include 66 cooking ovens, 85 drums, 8 vehicles, 3 mobile phones and 43 illegal refining sites.

“Troops recovered 728,360 litres of stolen crude oil, 143,450 litres of illegally refined AGO, 1,100 litres of DPK and 18,750 litres of PMS”, he said.

Speaking on the allegations against the Armed Forces by the Zamfara State government, Buba stated that the military will not join issues with the Governor but rather choose the path of cooperation over conflict with the state Government and look forward to constructively engaging it on the matter.

He disclosed that the Nigerian military lost 9 personnel out of the troops deployed to Zamfara State, adding that this was a painful testament of tireless efforts, commitment and sacrifice to restoring peace and security in the state.

The DMO however explained that the allegations against the military and security forces operating in the state really needed to be analysed impartially, stressing that the situation underscored the fact that, winning the war without the support of the people of the state was close to impossible.

“On the other hand, the attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to weighty allegations labelled against the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) by the Zamfara State Governor in a recent interview on Channels.

“The AFN hereby makes it unequivocally clear that it is a professional force that is subservient to political authority, particularly the political leadership of Zamfara State.

“The military will not join issues with the Governor, rather we choose the path of cooperation over conflict with the state Governor and look forward to constructively engage with him on these matters.

Thr troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI deployed to Zamfara State have lost 9 personnel so far in the month of June 2024. “Those killed in action are a painful testament of our tireless efforts, commitment and sacrifice to restoring peace and security in the state.

“Nevertheless, the allegations against the military and security forces operating in the state really needs to be analysed impartially and understood. The situation underscores the fact that, winning the war without the support of the people of the state is close to impossible.

“And despite the state being described as the epicentre of kidnapping, the state has no internal security operation outfit to coordinate activities of security agencies operating in the state, as is found in other states,” he said.

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