Insurgency: Clearance operations yielding positive results, says DHQ 

The military high command said on Thursday that efforts of troops in restoring peace to trouble spots across the country are yielding positive results with multiple clearance operations.

Director of Defence Media OperationsMajor General Benard Onyeuko stated  this during a press briefing in Abuja on the activities of troops between February 24 and March 10,  2022 .He said that a total of 123 terrorists and banditswere neutralized within the period.

He said that the Military High Command has commended the troops in the front lines of the various theatre of operations for their zeal and commitment in containing the various securities challenges across the Country.

Major General Onyeuko said that troops of OPERATION HADIN KAI who are operating in the North East have ” sustained aggressive posture by conducting clearance operations in the fight against Boko Haram Terrorist/Islam State West Africa Province Terrorists and other criminal element in the theatre of operations.

” The troops operational efforts yielded significant results in some locations in the North East such as: Mandara Mountain, Kwatara hill, Fadagwe Village in Gwoza Local Government Area, Timbuktu Triangle, Buk Village in Damboa Local Government Area, Hawul Village and Mallam Fatori in Biu Local Government Area all in Borno State.”

Notably he added , “own troops during a robust clearance operation engaged Islamic State West Africa Province terrorist at Mandara Mountain in Gwoza Local Government Area and Timbuktu triangle in Damboa Local Government Area Borno State. 

“During the encounter 10 terrorists were neutralized. Troops also recovered 4 AA-guns, 2,000 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, 10 bicycles, 1 unexploded Improvised Explosive Device, 1 MOWAG APC, 1 truck mounted with 122 artillery gun, 1 machine gun, 4 AK 47 rifles, 1 60mm motar tube with 5 bombs.”

Similarly, troops had an encounter with Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists along Debiro-Shaffa Village in Hawul Local Government Area and 2 terrorists were neutralized .

Troops recovered 1 AK 47 rifle, 3 magazines, 143 rounds of 7.62mm special, 1 dane gun, 1 pump action rifle and 6 cartridges.

Meanwhile, some members of the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province surrendered to own troops at different locations in the theatre in the past two weeks.

 A total of 174 Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists and their families comprising of 43 adult males, 58 females and 73 children from Villages around Bama and Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State surrendered to own troops. All surrendered terrorists and their families have been profiled, he said.

On their part, troops of OPERATION HADARIN DAJI carried out clearance patrol on March 1,  2022 in Bakin Dutse, Gadawa Daji Camp and Brunkoza Village in Kankara Local Government Area in Katsina State and encountered terrorists.

Major General Onyeuko stated that following artillery bombardment from ground troops and close air support from the air component 6 terrorists were neutralized while  the rest flee in disarray. 

“Troops exploited the area and recovered 574 rustled cattle, 22 motorcycles, 3 AK 47 rifles and 21 rounds ammunitions. Similarly, troops also conducted operational activities in Gargwaje Village in Gusau Local Government Area, Danmarke Village and Goronyo Mailele axis in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State. other locations are Kurami Village, Batasani, Yargamji in Batsari Local Government Area, Dantambara, Kolumbo, Tsambe Daji, Kyabbo Village in Jibia Local Government of Katsina State and Dankolo in Sakaba Local Government Area of Kebbi State. 

The operations resulted in the neutralization of 90 Bandits, 8 civilians were rescued, and 2 locally fabricated rifles, 2 pump action guns, 1 locally made pistol, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special and 4 phones were recovered.

“Cumulatively, the operations neutralized 96 terrorists, rescued 8 kidnapped victims, and recovered large cache of ammunitions. All rescued civilians has been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further actions.”

Meanwhile, troops of OPERATIONS DELTA SAFE have arrested 25 economic saboteurs in the South South Zone . The troops destroyed 30 illegal refining sites, 29 cooking ovens, 9 receivers, 12 coolants, 73 storage metal tanks, 248 polythene  bags, 16 boilers, 8 pumping machines, 14 wooden boats, 29 dugout pits, 2 speed boats, 4 trucks, 1 bus, 44 drums of AGO, 3 outboard engines and recovered 1 Barretta pistol, 3 locally made   pistol, 8 explosive devices.
The operations were conducted by own  troops in Rumuekpe, Ogbunku Creek Ndele area in Emohua Local Government Area, Idoha, Ozochi communities in Ahoada West Local Government Area, Elele Owerri in Ikwere Local Government Area and Chokocho in Etche Local Government of Rivers State. 

Also, own troops conducted anti-illegal oil bunkering and refining in Ndoro, Beneside, Ojobo communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area and Akassa in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. 

Other locations are Elume, Ekoko creeksin Obolo, Yokri area, Yeye and Safama creeks in Warri South Local Government Area, Ajomo, Deli, Ogheye and Tibo creeks, Abiteye, Olero Opuama, in Warri North and Ogodo communities in Warri South West Local Government Area, Egwe Creek, Obodo Creek in Warri South Local Government Area, Ajomo Creek in Warri North Local Government Area, Afremo in Warri South West, Abo in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
 Other areas include Okohia community in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.