The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has reported significant achievements in recent operations across the country. According to Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations, in the past two weeks, Nigerian armed forces have successfully eliminated 191 terrorists, apprehended 184, and rescued 91 kidnapped hostages.
During this period, 104 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, along with their families, surrendered to troops in various theaters of operation. In the North East, Operation Hadin Kai conducted clearance operations in Borno and Yobe, resulting in the neutralization of 17 terrorists, the apprehension of 12, and the rescue of 17 kidnapped hostages.
Furthermore, the troops recovered a substantial cache of weaponry, including 40 AK47 rifles, 10 G3 rifles, and various other arms and ammunition. Mobile phones, cash, and other items were also seized from the insurgents.
In the North Central region, Operation Safe Haven neutralized five terrorists, arrested 24, and rescued nine kidnapped individuals, alongside the recovery of arms and other items from the suspects.
Additionally, Operation Whirl Stroke conducted a successful fighting patrol and raid in Nasarawa State and the Federal Capital Territory, neutralizing six terrorists, arresting 62, and rescuing nine kidnapped hostages.
Additionally, he mentioned that the troops successfully retrieved various weapons and equipment, including one SMG, one G3 rifle, one unserviceable FN rifle, one locally made pistol, 1,060 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 19 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, four rounds of 9mm ammunition, vehicles, one motorcycle, and one mobile phone.
In the North West, Operation Hadarin Daji saw the neutralization of 18 bandits and terrorists, the arrest of eight, and the rescue of 38 kidnapped hostages. During these operations, the troops recovered one PKT gun, five AK47 rifles, two AK47 rifles loaded with 23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one fabricated rifle, one locally made pistol, 7 magazines, 215 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 22 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammunition, 5 cartridges, 11 motorcycles, and three mobile phones.
Furthermore, Buba disclosed that during the operations of Operation Whirl Punch in Kaduna and Niger States, three terrorists were eliminated, seven were arrested, and three hostages were rescued. The troops also seized one AK47 rifle, three rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, two mobile phones, and an amount of N5.4 million, along with various other items from the criminals.
“Our mission against terrorists, insurgents and perpetrators of insecurity in the country is not one that should be seen as the exclusive preserve of just the military alone.
“Experience reveals that the military alone cannot neutralise terrorism and insurgency and this underscores the need for our counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency wars to remain a reflection of a whole of society commitment.
“The perpetrators of insecurity are not ghosts, they have families, and relations and are from villages and communities in the country.
“Through a whole-of-society approach, we will suffocate any hope that these groups have of victory through senseless killings and dastardly acts,” he said.
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