Troops Neutralize 814 Terrorists, Oil Thieves, Others In Three Months

The Military has revealed that between June and August 2023, a total of 814 individuals involved in various criminal activities, including terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, IPOB/ESN militants, and oil theft perpetrators, were eliminated during operations aimed at eradicating criminal elements and economic sabotage in the country.

Additionally, troops operating across the six geopolitical zones apprehended 1,326 criminals, consisting of 42 kidnappers, 231 collaborators, 33 armed robbers, 80 cattle rustlers, 325 militias, 27 rail vandals, 73 gunrunners, 191 suspected oil thieves, and successfully rescued 721 kidnapped hostages.

Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, shared this information during a briefing, highlighting that 4,560 terrorists and their families surrendered to troops during the same period. In the Niger Delta region, troops prevented oil theft activities, saving an estimated sum of N4 billion.

Throughout these operations, the military recovered a total of 501 weapons, 3,577 livestock, 3,269 assorted types of ammunition, and 674 other equipment. This arsenal included 117 AK47 rifles, 28 fabricated rifles, 11 fabricated pistols, 57 Dane guns, 23 pistols, 24 pump-action guns, 3 FN rifles, 3 GPMGs, 2 HK21 rifles, one IED, 123 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2,008 rounds of 7.62mm special, 30 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm, 512 rounds of 7.62mm x 54mm, 190 rounds of 5.5mm, 39 rounds of 9mm, 29 rounds of PKM, and 19 cartridges.


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