- Operations Hadin Kai, Hadarin Daji, Safe Haven, and Whirl Stroke have made significant progress in the last two weeks
- Troops in the various theatres have inflicted irreparable damage on terrorists and bandits causing havoc in various communities
- The latest update by the Nigerian Military indicates a renewed campaign to flush out the criminal elements completely
FCT, Abuja – Over 900 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to the Nigerian military as troops also killed 90 terrorists in the last two weeks.
This was announced at a press briefing attended by a Legit.ng reporter on Thursday, November 25 by the acting director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko.
Brigadier-General Onyeuko who was giving an update on the military’s exercises in Operations Hadarin Daji, Safe Haven, and Whirl Stroke said the Armed Forces have adopted the kinetic and non-kinetic approach in dealing with security challenges in the country.
OPERATION HADIN KAI
He said troops of Operation HADIN KAI within the period under review carried out extensive land and air operations across the theatre.
Notably, on Friday, November 12, the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI decimated Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist elements in offensive airstrikes in a location within Baga near Lake Chad.
This was achieved on the heels of credible intelligence and after careful aerial surveillance revealed the gathering of some key members and fighters of the terrorists who arrived at the location aboard several boats.
Consequently, the theatre commander dispatched a force package of NAF’s platforms to strike the location in successive turns, which led to the neutralization of scores of their key members and fighters of the insurgents.
Similarly, on Saturday, November 13, own troops in coordinated ground and air attacks repelled terrorists’ attack on troops at Askira Uba in Borno state.
During the counter-offensive operation, over 50 of the terrorists were neutralized and several of their combat equipment, including gun trucks and other weapons were destroyed.
Also, their fighting vehicles as well as large caches of arms and ammunition were recovered during the encounter. However, some of our gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme prize.
OPERATION HADARIN DAJI
Within the period in focus, troops executed a series of land and air operations in different locations within Operation HADARIN DAJI area of responsibility.
These operations were executed at; Runka and Nasarawa villages in Safana LGA and Kaiga Mallammai village, all in Katsina State, where armed bandits’ and logistics suppliers, namely; Alhaji Lawal Auwalu, Ibrahim Tayo and Alhaji Dahiru Abubakar were arrested.
Another location was Batsari town in Batsari LGA where troops repelled armed bandits’ attack on the location in which troops superior firepower forced the armed elements to flee in disarray with gunshot wounds.
Within the period in focus, several airstrikes were executed on bandits’ enclaves, which inflicted heavy casualties on the bandits.
Troops have continued to heighten aerial patrols across the theatre to deny bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action in the zone.
OPERATION SAFE HAVEN
Troops extensively executed various land and air operations in different locations across its area of responsibility. Some of these operations were conducted at villages and towns under Bassa, Bokkos, Jos South, Mangu, Riyom, Barki Ladi, Shendam and Jos North LGAs of Plateau state.
Other locations were at villages and towns in Jama’a, Kaura and Zangon Kataf LGAs in Kaduna state. In the course of these operations, troops amicably resolved farmers/herders clashes and averted a bloody clash between 2 families over land disputes.
Troops also rescued some kidnapped civilians and arrested criminal elements; including one Mr John Paul who deals in weapons and owns a mini factory where arms and ammunition are fabricated.
OPERATION WHIRL STROKE
Operation WHIRL STROKE has continued to maintain the operational tempo in both its kinetic and non-kinetic operations in the north-central zone which yielded significant results.
Within the period under review clearance and raid, operations were carried out by troops in different locations within the theatre of operation.
Cumulatively, a total of 10 AK-47 rifles and 45 rounds of ammunition were recovered within the period. Also, a total of 7 armed bandits were arrested and 5 kidnapped civilians were rescued as well as 7 armed bandits were killed in the course of the operations.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Nigerian Military on Thursday, November 25 announced that it has arrested the secretary of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Obinna Nwite. ’
The military also stated that IPOB elements activities in the southeast have drastically reduced in recent times.
Brigadier-General Onyeuko said the troops responded to distress calls and carried out raid operations on some IPOB enclaves recently.
Earlier this month, the Nigerian military arrested two female logistics suppliers of Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state.
The female logistics suppliers were Mrs. Aisha Umar 19 years with a child of (2 years) and Mrs. Kaltumi Bakura 20 years.
The military stated that they were residents at an Internal Displaced Persons Camp in the Bama area of the state.