By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters say, Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in its resilience has recorded more unprecedented milestone achievements as onslaught against Boko haram /ISWAP terrorists is sustained across the North East region.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations disclosed this to News Headquarter in a statement explained that the troops had 17 fierce encounters with the terrorists last month, resulting to the elimination of about 75 deaths of terrorists, many of them surrendered while several assorted arms and large cache of ammunition including one Anti-Aircraft Gun recovered, but however regretted the unfortunate death of a soldier and another one that wounded in one of the encounters.
“The wounded personnel has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating”, according to Enenche.
The DMO Coordinator said..
“It is evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram/ISWAP that the resilience of the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole is being sustained across the North-East Theater of operation resulting to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on both men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.
“In their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, between 1 – 30 June 2020, the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process.
“The encounters also led to the capture of assorted arms and large cache of ammunition including one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun.
“Others include 3 Hand Grenades, 5 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.
Also captured were 2 Boko Haram criminals’ flags”. He stated.
Gen. Enenche also noted that one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period.
He added, 4 BHT/ISWAP criminals including 2 women namely Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State.
“Also, the troops arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu during a Jumaat prayer at Michika Central Mosque and one Boko Haram fighter captured in the aftermath of an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama LGA of Borno State.
“The period under review also witnessed 4 surrenders by Boko Haram criminals. The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State.
“It is equally heart-warming to note that, during the period, troops rescued 35 captives from the captivity of BHTs/ ISWAP criminals.
“Amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male”.
The rescued children according to him were promptly administered with Polio vaccine in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while the women were administered with First Aid as required.
Enenche noted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai has commended the troops for the show of resilience and patriotism as they continue to demonstrate in crushing the remnants of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.
COAS also urged them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of insurgency in our country.
The Military High Command has equally encouraged the troops of Lafiya Dole to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of terrorists and their collaborators in the North-East zone of the country.
The High Command has also appreciates Nigerians for their support and urged them to continue providing timely information to troops on activities of BHTs/ISWAP collaborators in their respective localities for prompt and effective action.