Military Neutralizes 1,910 Criminals, Rescues 729 Kidnapped Victims In 8 Months – DHQ

Military Neutralizes 1,910 Criminals, Rescues 729 Kidnapped Victims In 8 Months – DHQ
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By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters, DHQ has revealed that a total of 1,910 criminal elements including terrorists, armed bandits and robbers as well as kidnappers were neutralized by the Armed Forces of Nigeria  between May 2021 and January 6, 2022 across the country.

This was disclosed by the Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General Benard Onyeuko during a press briefing on the activities of the military troops  across the country, held in Abuja.

He explained that  this is in addition to scores of other terrorists and armed bandits killed during air strikes within the period.

According to him, a total of 729 kidnapped victims were rescued by the Nigeria troops across the country, just as 912 criminal elements were arrested, while large cache of arms and ammunition as well as livestock, among other items of economic and security concerns, were recovered by the troops during the period.  

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He also disclosed that during the period, the troops made a cumulative total recovery of 13,201,300 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil and 3,969,000 litres of Dual-Purpose Kerosene.

The DMO boss noted that a  total of 8,582 barrels and 6,491,000 litres of stolen crude oil as well as 11,659,500 litres of illegally refined Premium Motor Spirit were recovered and handed appropriately.

He stated that  “Within the timeframe in focus, own troops conducted series of land, maritime and air operations in the various theatres, involving both kinetic and non-kinetic activities across the Country in major and subsidiary operations.

“Our gallant troops in the frontlines executed these operations with utmost zest that resulted in the incapacitation of terrorists’ fighting capability and neutralization of scores of terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements, including high profile ones, who were either neutralized in action or arrested.

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“Furthermore, large numbers of terrorists have continued to surrender due to troops’ overwhelming superior combat power and intelligence activities.

 “Also, troops rescued kidnapped civilians as well as repelled and forestalled criminal elements’ attacks on civilians and troops. Troops also recovered caches of arms and ammunition, equipment, vehicles and large numbers of livestock within the period.

“In the maritime environment, our ever resilient and dogged troops’ operations disrupted activities of economic saboteurs and smugglers, immobilized illegal refining sites and arrested perpetrators as well as recovered tons of petroleum products, arms, ammunition, vehicles, boats and other equipment used for illegal bunkering activities. Besides, troops engaged in various non-kinetic activities as strategies for addressing security challenges in different theatres.”

 Major-General Onyeuko said there was no gain saying that operational performance of the Armed Forces for the year 2021 showed a clear commitment to ensure the restoration of peace in the Country.

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“It shows the synergy between the Nigerian military and other Security Agencies is succeeding in tackling the security challenges facing the Country,” he added.

While pledging the commitment of the Armed Forces to continue to sustain the offensive and without relenting until peace is restored to every troubled zone in Nigeria, Onyeuko also assured the commitment the Military to protect lives and properties as well as the nation’s economic assets anywhere, with renewed vigour this year.