Again, 4,770 Boko Haram Surrender To Military Troops – DHQ

Again, 4,770 Boko Haram Surrender To Military Troops – DHQ

…As Armed Forces Intensify Operations

By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters, DHQ has announced that no fewer than 4,770 Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province members and families have surrendered to own troops at different locations in the theatre across the country.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General Bernard Onyeuko who disclosed this in press briefing in Abuja, explained that the surrendered terrorists comprising 864 adult males, 1,415 women and 2,490 children, adding that they were all profiled and documented while all arrested and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authority for further actions.

Onyeuko has attributed the continuous surrender of terrorists in the north east to the aggressive and intensify operations by the military troops.He added that statistics shows that the pressure putting on them comes is making them come out of their various hideouts, stressing that the military is gaining upper hand in the operation in North east.

Also, he said that troops of WHIRL STROKE while on patrol at Udei general area in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State impounded a trailer with registration number ABUJA KWL 846 XB along Udei-Makurdi Lafia road fully loaded with cut to size vandalized rail tracks and sleepers. 

According to him, the vehicle and the suspects were handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

‘’Relatedly, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE arrested one Mr Ardo Manu Abdulrahman Marenewo a suspected gun runner who specialized in leasing of arms to kidnappers and other criminal elements in Taraba State.

Item recovered from the suspect includes 4 cell phones and the sum of Seventy Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Naira (74,340.00). Also at Zaki Ibiam conducted raid operations at a kidnappers hideout Maraba in Ukyongu Ityuluv Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State in the process one Mr Ichen Gbaka aged 65 years and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka a bandit collaborator were arrested.

‘’Similarly, on 24 June 2024 troops on clearance patrol arrested Four(4) suspected kidnappers at Igumale Council Ward of Ado Local Government Area Benue State All arrested criminals have been handed over to the Police for further necessary action.

‘’The troops of Operation DAKATAR DA BARAWO between 17 and 19 June 2022 carried out anti-illegal bunkering, oil theft and other sundry operations at various parts of Delta and Rivers States. Several wooden boats, storage tanks, dugout pits laden with illegal refined Automotive Gas Oil were discovered. The total of Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand (930,000) litres of Automotive Gao Oil and One Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand (1,150,000) litres of stolen crude oil was discovered.

‘’Similarly, Operation OCTOPUS GRIP between 16 – 26 June 2022 2022 carried out massive anti-illegal bunkering, oil refining and crude oil theft in various parts of the South South Zone. Several storage tanks, dugout pits, oven, boats laden with both crude oil and illegal refined products were discovered by the troops. Within this period a total of Two Million One Hundred and Forty Four Thousand (2,144,000) litres of Automotive Gao Oil, Two Million Six Hundred and Sixty (2,660,000) litres of stolen crude oil, Fourteen Thousand (14,000) liters of Premium Motor Spirit and Fourteen Thousand (14,000) litres of Dual Purpose Kerosine were discovered. Also, 21 criminals involved in this criminal activities were arrested.”

Cumulatively, in the South South Zone in the fight against oil thieves and illegal oil refining a total of Three Million and Seventy Four Thousand (3,074,000) litres of Automotive Gas Oil, Three Million Eight Hundred and Then Thousand (3,810,000) litres of crude oil, Fourteen Thousand (14,000) litres of Premium Motor Spirit and Fourteen Thousand (14,000) litres of Dual Purpose Kerosine was discovered.

Also, 26 oil thieves were arrested, 29  vehicles, 68 wooden boats, 9 speed boats amongst other equipment were impounded.


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