… Apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates***
Troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have neutralised no fewer than 29 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, arrested 55 and rescued 52 kidnapped victims in two weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said that the troops had continued to dominate the North East theatre of operation across villages, mountains, towns and cities.
He said that a total of 1,755 Boko Haram terrorists and their families comprising of 280 adult males, 523 adult females and 952 children surrendered to troops during the period.
According to him, all surrendered terrorists and their families were profiled and handed over to the relevant authority.
Onyeuko said that the troops also ambushed terrorists on Uzoro-Gadamayo Road in Adamawa, killing one, while others fled and equipment recovered.
He said that the troops in conjunction Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on Aug. 6, also arrested three terrorists’ logistics suppliers-Hussain Dungus, Ali Bulama Jidda and Malam Ali Abuna in Buni Yadi, Yobe.
“Similarly, the air component conducted air interdiction on Aug. 3 at Degbawa, near the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
“The airstrike led to the neutralisation of a key ISWAP Commander, Alhaji Modu (aka Bem Bem) and his fighters.
“Information gathered from the locals, revealed that 20 terrorists were confirmed dead in the strike at the location where the terrorists converged for a meeting before the strike.
“Accordingly, within the weeks in focus troops neutralised 29 terrorists, arrested 55 and rescued 52 civilians.
“Also, troops recovered 128 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 5 bicycles, 12 AK47 rifles, 4 motorcycles and five mobile phones,” he said.
In the same vein, troops of Operation Delta Safe have in the last two weeks apprehended 10 suspected pipeline vandals and two high-profile sea pirates in the Niger Delta.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters, on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko gave the names of the arrested sea pirates as Fagha Golden (aka) Fine Boy and Victor Elkanah (aka) Victor Padi.
He said Fine Boy has apprehended at Nonwa village in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers, while Padi was captured at Pharzy Spring Diagnostic and Wellness Hospital in One-Eleme Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the suspects are notorious for a series of armed attacks on oil vessels, kidnapping of expatriates and illegal oil bunkering in Rivers.
“The large quantity of crude and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and the number of arrested crude oil thieves show the unrelenting efforts by the troops.
“Troops have sustained offensive posture to deny criminals the much-needed space for their illegal operation in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.
“In the process, several illegal oil refining sites were discovered and destroyed.
“These include 37 illegal refineries, 68 dugout pits, 188 storage tanks, 33 wooden boats, 16 pumping machines, one generator, one vehicle, 175 cooking ovens and 23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
“Also, recovered was 3.7 million litres of crude oil and 2.01 million litres of AGO,” he said.