1,199 Terrorists Surrender Across North East – DHQ

1,199 Terrorists Surrender Across North East – DHQ

By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has revealed that no fewer than 1,199 terrorists and their families, comprising 114 adult males, 312 adult females and 773 children, surrendered to their own troops at different locations in the North East.

The Acting Director, Brigadier-General Benard Onyeuko in a press briefing on the update of their operations across the country particularly the North East.

According to him, the troops of Operation HADIN KAI have sustained the aggressive posture with zest in the North East.

He explained that the Theatre Command conducted a series of land and air operations in different locations that have not only degraded the enemy’s operational capabilities of insurgents, but have contributed to more terrorists surrendering with their families.

Onyeuko noted that in the course of the operations within the period, a total of 38 terrorist elements were neutralized, including the ISWAP’s new leader, Bako.

 He added that a total of 11 criminal elements including terrorists and their informants and their logistics suppliers were arrested in the course of these operations.

‘’Additionally, a total of 29 assorted weapons, 166 rounds of assorted ammunition, among other items were recovered. Others are; 2 gun trucks and 622 bags of fertilizer, used for production of IEDs; while 5 kidnapped civilians were rescued.

‘’ Some of these feats were recorded at; Dar, Kumshe, Wulgo, Chabbol and Kijmatari villages in Borno State as well as locations along Ngala – Wulgo and Nguru – Kano roads. Other locations were; Dikwa and Mafa villages as well as Ngama village in Yobe State.

 ‘’’’Furthermore, between 15 and 28 October 2021, a total of 1,199 terrorists and their families, comprising 114 adult males, 312 adult females and 773 children, surrendered to their own troops at different locations in the North East. 

In another development, the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted a series of air interdiction missions against the BHT/ISWAP terrorists which were successful in different locations. Significantly, on 20 October 2021, the Air Component scored another devastating hit on BHT/ISWAP terrorist elements at Malam Fatori on the fringes of Lake Chad.

‘’ This feat was achieved on the heels of a credible intelligence report and after a series of aerial surveillance, which confirmed the convergence of terrorist elements in 20 boats at the location. Consequently, air strikes were executed on the target with various NAF platforms, which led to the destruction of the boats and neutralization of scores of the terrorists, while few of them fled in disarray with varying degrees of wounds.

Furthermore, he said that Operation SAFE HAVEN, troops continually maintained vigilance and dominated the operations theatre with constant land and air patrols to deny criminal elements freedom of action.

He explained that this has brought about relative calm in the area of responsibility. Some kinetic operations within the period led to the arrest of 8 criminal elements.

“The operations also led to the recovery of 13 assorted arms, 291 ammunition and 28 livestock among other items. Troops’ response to distress calls also helped in repelling and forestalling criminal activities; leading to the rescue of 5 victims kidnapped by armed bandits and the arrest of 5 criminal elements within the period.

“Some of these incidents were recorded at; Mailafiya Market in Sanbak village under Riyom LGA; Kukawa village in Kanam LGA and Mukushin District and Bokkos – Kuba – Barkin Ladi road in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State. Other locations were; Amper – Langtang road in Kanke LGA; Sabon Gari and surrounding forests in Jos,’’ he added.

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