by Aljazirah news | November 25, 2021 12:42 pm
Mariam Sanni, Abuja
The Nigerian Defence Headquarters, DHQ has revealed that the military troops had arrested one of the IPOB secretaries, Mr Obinna Nwite and recovered 4 pistols, 3 long barrel guns, 18 rounds of assorted ammunitions and minutes of meeting book, containing some names of IPOB members.
The Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this while giving update of the military operations across the country in a press briefing in Abuja.
According to him, the IPOB/ESN elements activities in the South East drastically reduced in recent times.
He noted that pockets of incidents were recorded in some locations at; Oru-West LGA of Imo State and Ebonyi LGA of Ebonyi State. Troops responded to distress calls and carried out raid operations on some IPOB enclaves within the period in focus.
‘’During some of these operations, troops arrested one of the IPOB secretaries, Mr Obinna Nwite and recovered 4 pistols, 3 long barrel guns, 18 rounds of assorted ammunitions and minutes of meeting book, containing some names of IPOB members. The arrested IPOB/ESN militia and all recovered items have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for further action,’’ he said.
Furthermore, he stated that troops of Operation HADIN KAI within the period under review carried out extensive land and air operations across the theatre.
Onyeuko said that the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI decimated BHT/ISWAP terrorist elements in offensive air strikes in a location within Baga near the Lake Chad.
According to him, 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 the location aboard several boats.
The DMO boss said that 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, he stated that own troops in a coordinated ground and air attacks, repelled terrorists’ attack on troops at Askira Uba in Borno State.
He noted that 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.
He added that their fighting vehicles as well as large caches of arms and ammunition were recovered during the encounter.
‘’In related developments, troops in Baga town arrested a notorious terrorist named, Mr Haladu Saleh who has been on security forces wanted list since 2018. Similarly, along Bukarti – Yusufari road and Maima Hari Checkpoint along Biu – Damboa road, troops intercepted and impounded BHT logistics supplies. Following credible intelligence on terrorists’ activities in Karawar village, troops raided their enclave and recovered arms and ammunition as well as assorted drugs and arrested 2 drug peddlers named; Mr Ezekiel Karson
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