Troops killed terrorists’ spiritual head*Intensifies clearance operations

The Defence Headsquarter said on Thursday that troops have intensified clearance operations on terrorists enclaves in North East , North West, North Central and trouble spots in the Southern  part of the country and in the process neutralized 42 terrorists and scores of other bandits.

Those killed  includes one Mallam Shehu the Amir and spiritual head of Gaita general area of Borno State.

They also killed one Boko Haram Commander  in Sambisa forest, Abubakar Sarki and scores of the terrorists on May 14, 2022 in an encounter that led to the  recovery of assorted weapons and different calibers of ammunition .

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko  disclosed this on Thursday during the bi-weekly press briefing by on the highlights of Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies activities.

He said that troops  in HADIN KAI Operations “on May 14 , 2022 at Yuwe in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State in a coordinated attack on terrorists enclave neutralized Abubakar Sarki a BHT Commander in Sambisa forest”
“Troops also conducted operations at Dajima village, Molaa, Mamanti, Goneri, Koyamanti, Ajiri, Awoshei, Lawanti, Kyamla, Dogori, Kontori, Umanari, Banhyr, Alum Damm Kaiya-Kura, Gubia Magr axis, Sabon Gari general area, Mandarka, Zumbulum, Amuda Gave, Majuane village, Malis Gidde, Kezamari, Ngudda, Koshebe, Malami Fatori, Damboua town, Buluti village, Njine and Kamzone village, Banuwa Caniwa village, Kaidien village, Barimari-jigalta, Jajimaji town in Karasuwa Local Government Area all in Bornu State.”

Major General Onyeuko said that “between 1 – 14 May 2022 a total  of 1,627 Boko Haram Terrorists and their families surrendered to own troops at different locations. They comprise of 331 Men, 441 women and 855 children. As at 16 May 2022 a total of 53,262 have so far surrendered.”

According to him, one Mallam Modu Goni a terrorist and logistics supplier at Bunin Yadi Market has been arrested .He was arrested on May 13,2022 while another Boko Haram supplier Mallam Modu Pantami was apprehended at the outskirt of Benishied village in Kaga Local Government Area while attempting to transport large quantity of logistics items he purchased for onward supply to terrorist at Gomari village in Fere Local Government Area of Borno State.

Items recovered from Pantami include; 2 mobile phones, cartons of assorted drugs and injections of different types, 5 gallons of PMS, 20 turban scarfs, 50kg bags of sugar, 3 bags of 50kg flour, 5 cartons of Maltina drinks, 290 sets of female hijabs, 20 females rubber shoes, 325 litres of red oil, 15 sets of Kaftan cloth, 5 black trousers, 5 cartons of macaroni, 

Other items are 6 Cartons of spaghetti, 3 cartons of sweet, 4 mudu of date (Dabino), 5 sacks of soft drinks, 4 dagger, 3 cartons of maggi, 1 big basket of kolanut, 10 box of matches, 5 sacks of detergent, 10 rubber mats and the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) Naira only.  

Troops had mounted an  ambush operations at terrorists crossing point at Kaidieri village in the cause of the operation, and  5 terrorists were neutralized in the ambush and assorted weapons and different calibers of ammunition were recovered  from the terrorists. 

According to the Defence Headquarters, not less than 63 civilians were rescued from the terrorists after  20 of them were captured.

The troops recovered 2 LMGS, 21 AK47 rifles, 11 AK 56 rifles, 22 MGs, 419 rounds of 7.62mm and 54mm ammunitions, 1 gun turret, 31 AK 47 magazines, 3 motorcycles, 6 bicycles, 1 pumping machine, 2 bandolier belts containing 377 rounds  of 7.62mm and 54mm ammunition, 1 Isuzu vehicle. 
All surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists, recovered items, rescued civilians and captured terrorists have been handed over to appropriate authorities for further actions.