100 terrorists neutralized, 1,081 others surrendered in 2 weeks, says Defence Headquarters

The military high command said on Thursday that a total of 100 terrorists and armed bandits were neutralized at different  operations  between December 9th and 23rd, 2021.

 in the ongoing operations against Boko Haram terrorists and the armed bandits in the country.

Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko who disclosed this during the media pressing in Abuja said that ongoing military operations against Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits in the country are yeildying results.

He said the High Command of the Nigerian Military appreciates the general public for their support and is further soliciting for their cooperation towards providing credible and timely information that will facilitate proactive engagements in operations. 

“The Military High Command once again commends all the gallant troops and further encourages them to remain resolute and decisive in securing the Country, he said.
The director further stated that a total of 85 terrorists and bandits were arrests while 1081 of them surrendered to Nigerian troops in the last two weeks.

He said that troops of Operation HADIN KAI, in the North East carried out several land and air operations in towns and villages located in Bama, Mafa, Pulka, Konduga, Gwoza, Mobbar and Dikwa Local Goverment Areas of Borno State as well as Madagali Local Government Area  of Adamawa State and recorded significant results.

“Troops operational efforts in the locations in the last 2 weeks, cumulatively resulted in the neutralization of a total 51 and arrest of 19 terrorists. Also, a total of 122 assorted arms and 1,499 rounds of different calibres of ammunitions were recovered, while a total of 8 gun trucks of the terrorists were destroyed.

Additionally, troops’ kinetic and non-kinetic operations have continued to drive the terrorists out of their camps into surrendering, he said.

“Within this period in focus, a total of 1,081 terrorists and their families comprising 187 adult males, 326 adult females and 568 children surrounded to own troops at different locations of the theatre. The surrendered terrorists were properly profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions,he added.
In the North West own troops of 
Operation HADARIN DAJI had sustained offensive operations against armed bandits and other criminal elements at different locations across the theatre.
They have  with the support of the Air component, launched deliberate attacks on identified bandits’ hideouts; successfully repelled armed bandits and robbers’ attacks on civilians in different villages.The troops also  rescued victims and recovered assorted arms, ammunition and other items at different locations.
These are in Kaikazaka village in Sokoto State as well as Garbadu town and Saturi, Katanga, Badarawa and Tunga Na Yarchiga villages in Zamfara State.
“Cumulatively, a total of 33 armed bandits were neutralized, while 19 of them and their collaborators as well as armed herdsman were arrested. Also, 37 assorted arms, including AK-47 rifles, PKT machine guns and GPMGs as well as 698 rounds of different calibres of ammunitions, 22 motorcycles and 899 rustled livestock among other items and vehicles were recovered;  while 28 kidnapped civilians were rescued in the course of the operations.”

Similar operations carried out by troops of  OPERATION SAFE HAVEN in the North Central resulted in the arrests of 15 criminal elements,12 kidnapped civilians were rescued, while 118 livestock, 18 assorted arms and 112 different calibers of ammunition among other items were recovered in the course of the operations. 
Some of these operations were executed at; Maraban Foron village in Barkin Ladi LGA; Ganawuri and Chiri Danto villages in Riyom LGA as well as Utan village in Jos North LGA, all in Plateau State. Other locations were; Boto area in Tafawa Balewa LGA of Bauchi State; Gidan Waya town and Angwan Magaji village in Jama’a LGA of Kaduna State.
While 12 criminals were neutralized, 26 other criminal elements   including 16 migrant armed bandits from Niger Republic were arrested by troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE.
Four other bandits were neutralized by troops of Operations THUNDER STRIKE/WHIRL PUNCH during encounters  in Wamba community in Mariga LGA of Niger State and Hayin Gada and Rugan Alhaji Ori villages in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State,