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Troops neutralise 45 bandits, arrest 60 others

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Troops kill 42 terrorists, capture 20, rescue 63 victims in N/East

… As Police rescue 51 kidnap victims in Edo***

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of the armed forces operating in different theatres of operation in North West and North Central have eliminated 45 bandits and arrested 60 others in the last two weeks.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while giving update on the military operations across the country on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji dominated the operations theatre with aggressive fighting patrols and other kinetic operations with the support of intensive air operations during the period.

He said the troops rescued a total of four kidnapped civilians, neutralised five bandits and arrested four bandits’ collaborators in the various operations.

Onyeuko added that the troops also recovered seven AK-47 rifles and 275 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition among other items and motorcycles during the period.

According to him, the Air Component of Operation, using a force package of NAF platforms, multiple airstrikes were executed on bandits’ enclaves in successive passes in different locations.

“One of which was at the Kwaga forest within Birnin Gwari general area in Kaduna State.

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“In the course of the operation, no fewer than 40 armed bandits were neutralised and several structures which served as their logistics bases were destroyed.

“Also, several armed bandits were neutralised and their hideouts destroyed during air interdiction missions executed at some other locations,” he said.

He listed the locations to include Meshema, Yanfako, Gebe and Gatawa forests in Isaa and Sabon Birni LGAs of Sokoto State as well as Ranch 10 in the Rugu forest area at the border of Kankara.

Onyeuko also disclosed that troops of Operation Safe Haven have continued to maintain vigilance and dominate the operational theatre with constant land and air patrols to deny criminal elements freedom of action.

He said the operations led to the seizure of 570 parcels and seven wraps of cannabis sativa, worth N17.1 million.

According to him, 11 kidnapped civilians were rescued, 41 criminal elements arrested, 11 assorted arms including AK-57 rifles, locally fabricated rifles, pistols and SMG as well as 446 assorted ammunitions and 267 livestock were recovered.

Onyeuko noted that Operation Safe Haven engaged youths in sporting activities at different locations of the theatre as well as held peace and security meetings in its area of responsibility.

He said that a 15km Peace and Unity Marathon Competition was organised for male and female youths, drawn from diverse ethnic and religious groups to compete harmoniously among themselves.

“Some of the tournaments were conducted across four districts of Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State as well as Jos town, Riyom, Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau.

“These, to a great extent, promoted civil-military cooperation and enhanced peaceful coexistence among ethnic and religious groups in the theatre,” he said.

Under Operation Whirl Stroke, Onyeuko said the troops recovered a total of 22 arms, including AK-47 rifles, MGs, and locally-made pistols and 461 rounds of ammunition in Benue and Taraba states during the period.

He said that 15 criminals including bandits, herders and drug peddlers were arrested while four kidnapped civilians were rescued in the course of the operations.

According to him, troops also held peace and security meetings with community/youth leaders as well as other critical stakeholders and security agencies at Igumale town in Benue and Lau in Taraba.

In another development, the police command in Edo has rescued 51 kidnap victims in different operations across the state.

Mr Phillip Ogbadu, the state Commissioner of Police, disclosed this when he spoke with the newsmen in Benin on Thursday.

Ogbadu said that the victims were rescued between July and September from various bushes in the state where they were held hostage by their abductors.

He said that the command also arrested 132 suspects during the period, explaining that they were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and arson.

“Others were arrested for defilement, stealing, rape, assault on policemen, suicide and taking part in communal clashes.

“Thirty seven of them were arrested for murder, while 40 were arrested for kidnapping and 28 arrested for stealing.

“The command also arrested 13 suspects for armed robbery, five for alleged arson, two each for involvement in communal clashes, assault on policemen and cultism.

“One suspect each was arrested for rape, defilement and attempt to commit suicide,” Ogbadu said.
He said that the police also recovered 32 arms during the period.

He reiterated that the command would not rest on its oars in stamping out crimes and criminality from the state.

While noting that there has been reduction in crime rate in the state, Ogbadu urged residents to continue to partner with the police in the fight against crime.

He urged the public to always avail the police with information on suspicious activities of around them and gave assurance of utmost confidentiality protection in treating such reports.

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Military Destroys 39 Illegal Refineries, Apprehends Oil Thieves; Niger Lifts Curfew on Lambata

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Military Destroys 39 Illegal Refineries, Apprehends Oil Thieves; Niger Lifts Curfew on Lambata

 Defence Headquarters says the troops of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, have in the last two weeks destroyed 39 illegal oil refining sites in the South-South zone.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing on military operations on Thursday, in Abuja.

Danmadami said the troops in the conduct of Operation Octopus Grip and other operations destroyed 48 cooking ovens, 103 storage tanks, 27 dugout pits and 33 wooden boats during the period.

He said the troops also recovered one tug boat, a barge, 3 pumping machines, three speedboats and 13 vehicles.

According to him, troops recovered 274,000 litres of crude oil, 71,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, and 15 Ak47 rifles, while 40 suspected economic saboteurs were arrested.

“All recovered items and apprehended suspects have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” he said.

“Equally, the air component of Operation Delta Safe conducted air interdiction to several illegal refining sites and creeks at Gogokiri Degema and Okrika Local Government Areas both in Rivers State between Jan. 12 and Jan. 24.

“Crew observed the sites to be active makeshift tents sighted as well as illegal refining activities been carried out.

“Targets were engaged with weapons and the locations were observed to have exploded in an inferno while the illegal refining equipment were also destroyed,” he said.

In South East, defence spokesman said the military and other security agencies had sustained the offensive against the activities of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network criminals in the zone.

He said the troops had neutralised six terrorists, arrested 24 and rescued 16 abducted civilians.

According to him, several calibres of arms and ammunition including AK47 rifles, pump action rifles, IEDs and locally made explosive pipes among other items were also recovered.

In another development, Gov.  Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has directed the lifting of the curfew on Lambata town in Gurara Local Government Area of the state.

The directive is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the state Government, Mr Ahmed Matane in Minna on Thursday.

The governor had on Jan. 15 imposed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as a result of a violent clash that led to the killing of the village head of Lambata, Alhaji Muhammed Abdulsafur.

Matane explained that the lifting of the curfew would begin on Jan. 26.

He said that the curfew was lifted having reviewed the security situation and return of peace in Lambata town and environs.

He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ogundele Ayodeji had visited Lambata town and commenced investigation into the matter that led to the killing of the village head, stressing that arrests had also been made in connection with the violent clash.

Matane, however, urged the people of Lambata and the public to always be law-abiding and to remain peaceful with one another regardless of social, political or religious affiliations.

According to him, security agencies have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the people of the area.

Matane noted that the governor thanked the residents of Lambata town for their understanding in complying with the curfew.

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Dental Therapist advises regular use of toothpastes against dental diseases

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Dental Therapist advices regular use of toothpastes against dental diseases

A Dental Therapist, Maria Onu, says regular use of toothpastes can prevent dental diseases as toothpaste contain some active ingredients created specifically for such purpose.

She said this on Thursday in an interview in Abuja.

According to Onu, toothpaste is a paste or gel dentifrice used with a toothbrush to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of the teeth and is generally useful to maintain dental health.

She said, “It is an abrasive used to promote oral hygiene and aids in removing dental plaque or its build-up and food from the teeth while also promoting healthy gums.

“It assists in suppressing halitosis and delivers active ingredients such as fluoride to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

“Toothpastes containing fluoride are effective at preventing tooth decay and it’s a very necessary ingredient for toothpastes.

“Toothpaste are made up of 20 to 40 percent of water, abrasives including aluminum hydroxide, calcium hydrogen phosphates, calcium carbonate, silica, and hydroxyapatite.”

She said that a good toothpaste should contain 1450 (parts per million) ppm of fluoride, mainly in the form of sodium fluoride, detergents and sodium lauryl sulfate with concentration ranges of 0.5 to two percent.

Onu said that toothpastes should also contain antibacterial agents such as triclosan or zinc chloride, flavourants including spearmint, peppermint, and wintergreen.

“Anti-sensitivity agents in sensitive toothpastes containing strontium chloride and potassium nitrate or arginine and anti-calculus agents such as sodium polyphosphate or zinc citrate.”

She said that proper oral hygiene would protect the teeth and gums and keep one’s smile beautiful.

She added that brushing the teeth using fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush at least twice a day was a good practice.

“A soft-bristled one for children and a medium toothbrush for adults as hard bristles can damage the gums and tooth enamel.

“When you brush, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums. This helps sweep away plaque and bacteria at the gum line.

“Also, be sure to brush all teeth surfaces, including the backs and sides,” Onu said. 

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Troops Rescue 16 Persons, kill 3 Bandits in Kaduna

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Troops Rescue 16 Persons, kill 3 Bandits in Kaduna

 Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued 16 persons from Bandits’playground, Kaduna State, in an operation spanning Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road and a location in Igabi Local Government Area.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Aruwan also confirmed that three suspected bandits have been neutralised and three firearms, one explosive and 11 motorcycles recovered.

“According to operational feedback, the troops responded to a distress call along the Udawa-Manini axis of the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road.

“The troops arrived to foil the attack, rescuing 15 persons in the process.

“Some of the rescued persons who sustained injuries were rushed to hospital for treatment.

“Similarly, troops of Operation Forest Sanity responded to a distress call from Gonan Doctor village, Igabi LGA, and laid ambush at a likely crossing point in Maraban Huda village.

“Contact was made with the bandits, and following a firefight, one bandit was neutralised,” he said.

He said a kidnapped victim was rescued, though injured by the bandits, and was rushed to the Jaji Cantonment Hospital for treatment, one motorcycle was recovered.

Aruwan further disclosed that in response to credible intelligence of bandits’ movement around an interstate boundary area, troops of Operation Forest Sanity set up ambush positions around Mangoro general area around Chikun-Birnin Gwari LGA, on the boundary with Shiroro LGA of neighbouring Niger State.

“The troops engaged the approaching bandits and neutralised two.

“The troops also recovered one AK47 rifle, one pump action gun, one Improvised Explosive Device, one Baofeng Radio, and 10 motorcycles,” he said.

The commissioner said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with gratitude and expressed satisfaction at the breakthroughs recorded by the security forces.

“The Governor commended the troops for the successful rescues, and prayed for the quick recovery of injured victims,” Aruwan said.

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