..as 4 criminals arrested, 3 nursing mothers rescued in NW
….arm dealer arrested in Damaturu
..caches of firearms recovered
By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters says, its men has killed 22 terrorist and 5 bandits in the North East and West zones from 30 October to 4 November 2020 in the on-going various operations across the country.
Troops also rescued 3 women with infants as some suspected bandits collaborators were apprehended, as it’s also averted a would-be dangerous attacks plotted against the troops and several other achievements recorded within the period under review.
This was made known by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, DHQ ,Maj. Gen. John Enenche during a routine weekly briefing on the activities of military operations against the criminal elements across the country.
Gen. Enenche while briefing newsmen maintained that, it was pertinent to unequivocally state that the military is committed on it’s course to ending banditry and other associated crimes in the North West zone due to some successes recorded by the troops in conjunction with other security agencies within the period under review.
According to him, the gallant troops of operation Sahel Sanity had engaged bandits with ‘a fierce fire fight’ in Faskari LG of Katsina state rescuing 3 women with their infants earlier kidnapped by the criminals, while about 5 bandits were killed as many escaped with gunshot wounds.
But Enenche has regrettably confirmed the death of a soldier that paid his supreme price during his attempt to rescue nursing mothers during the heated encounter.
The Coordinator DMO, further stated that about 4 suspected bandits’ collaborators were apprehended by the troops in separate operations, Samaila Usman and Idi Bello in Dan Ali village while another 2 at Yarkirya village and Kankara LG in Katsina state.
Troops also in October 31 at Kango village in Maru LG of Zamfara state, according to Enenche, arrested 2 suspected bandits within the period under review.
In the North East, he said troops had recorded appreciable successes against the terrorists during last week of its through ground and air operations in the zone.
According to him, scores of terrorists were eliminated, repelled terrorists’ attacks, some arrested while caches of firearms and ammunition were recovered within the period under review.
“Within the period, the Land Component of Operation Lafiya Dole under its subsidiary Operation Fire Ball exhibited its operational readiness and repelled terrorists’ attacks on troops’ location at Army Super Camp, Damboa in Borno State.
“With superior fire power and support from the Air Task Force, troops neutralized 22 insurgents while several others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
“During the encounter, troops recovered caches of arms and ammunition as well as of their equipment.
“Equally, troops of Operation Fire Ball in conjunction with local vigilante arrested a BHT/ISWAP member identified as Mohammed Bello at Damaturu Town in Yobe State.
“The terrorist was arrested while trying to purchase arms and ammunition, while he was in possession of one AK-47 rifle and a magazine.
“The criminal element has been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency for necessary action.”
Gen. Enenche further revealed that, Nigerian Air Force fighter jets and helicopter gunships, had conducted several Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions over various locations on the terrorists’ hideouts at Mudu and Garin Maloma Villages in Borno State causing devastating hits, during which cores of their fighters were neutralized and their structures and logistics facilities destroyed.
“From the records of these operations, it is glaring that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security operatives are resolute in their determination to end the insurgency and achieve sustainable peace in the North East zone of the Country.” he noted.