Nigerian Army intensify operations nationwide as troops rout criminal elements

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Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) have continued their onslaught against criminal elements and insurgents across the theatre of operations.

In their unrelenting effort to clear major routes of Boko Haram insurgents’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for safe commuting by citizens in the North East, troops of 27 Task Force Brigade Garrison in conjunction with Explosive Ordnance Devices (EOD) Team discovered and safely detonated three large IEDs along Buni Gari-Kamuya Road, linking Borno and Yobe States.

According to a statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the IEDs were believed to have been planted by retreating Boko Haram insurgents.

Iliyasu added that troops of 153 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Nigerian  Army Special Forces and elements of Civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF) supported by Air Task Force (ATF) Operation LAFIYA DOLE encountered a pocket of Boko Haram insurgents at Kerenoa, Marte LGA of Borno State.

He said, “The visibly shocked insurgents fled their enclave on sighting the robust advancing troops, abandoning one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) as they scamper in disarray.”

He noted that following credible information of suspected cult activities, troops of Operation MESA in Plateau State arrested four suspected cultists named Anayo Basil, Dadok Jeremiah, Sani Sale and Miss Mary Effiong at Jos University Teaching Hospital in Jos East LGA of Plateau State.

He pointed out that same troops also raided a suspected drug peddlers’ hideout at Richa Village of Bokkos LGA of Plateau State and arrested one Joe Agai a notorious drug peddler with a large quantity of substance believed to be Cannabis Sativa, a locally fabricated pistol and one live cartridge.

“Another notorious drug dealer, Benjamin Jumbo was arrested by troops of 146 Battalion (Main) in Bonny Island, Rivers State with a 50 Kg sack containing substance believed to be Cannabis Sativa.  Additionally, a notorious Tarok Militia gang leader, Shehu Jatau and 5 of his accomplices were also trailed and arrested in a hotel at Central Area Abuja. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were very active in the unfortunate Plateau crisis that consumed the lives of citizens and destruction of properties worth billions of naira. However, with the return of peace in the state, the criminal gang resorted to kidnapping, extortion and unleashing unprecedented carnage on innocent residents.

“Furthermore, troops of 2 Battalion, while on a routine patrol between Polewire and Gayam Villages in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, rescued 7 kidnapped victims from a group of bandits in the early hours of Tuesday 29th October 2019. On sighting the approaching troops, the bandits abandoned their victims and escaped into the nearby forest. However, the rescued victims who were initially travelling from Pandogari in Niger State to Kano were escorted out of the area and continued with their journey. Relatedly, troops of 8 Division, while conducting clearance operation against bandits at Mai Yashi Village of Isah LGA of Sokoto State, rescued 2 kidnapped victims namely Shamsudeen Bisharawa and Sadiq Mustapha from their abductors”, he said.

He continued, “Similarly, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade encountered a group of bandits at Ungwan Shai Community in Wushishi LGA of Niger State who are believed to be terrorizing the community.  In a brief fire fight, one of the bandits was neutralized while others were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds. In a related development, troops of 3 Brigade deployed at Falgore in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State, acting on credible information conducted a successful Cordon and Search Operation at Tudun Wada which led to the arrest of one of the most wanted kidnappers within the area, Umaru Abubakar Kaduwa operating along the Kano – Kaduna Highway.

“In the Niger Delta region, troops continue to frustrate the activities of economic saboteurs by scaling up the tempo of operations against illegal oil bunkering, illegal oil refining and oil theft. Between 28 to 31 October 2019, the unrelenting troops arrested 18 suspects, destroyed 3 illegal oil refining camps, 35 Cotonou boats, 3 large storage reservoirs, 7 metal storage tanks and arrested 10 vehicles including 2 trucks involved in the illicit act.”

Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator quoted the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai as thanking all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support and goodwill towards the officers and men of the Nigerian Army while requesting law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation and intimidation.

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