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Defence Headquarters lists achievements of military operations

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The Nigerian Armed Forces, yesterday, reviewed its in various operations across the country in the last one week, commending the troops “for their doggedness and commitment” and remaining “resolute and decisive” in curtailing the activities of all criminal elements in Nigeria.

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, told journalists in Abuja that in the Northwest region under Operation HADARAN DAJI, 17 bandits were killed while eight were arrested during the military’s clearance operations.

In the Northeast, under Operation LAFIYA DOLE, General Enenche said the troops conducted several clearance operations, aggressive patrols and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions and air offensive operations against Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists that led to the destruction of their camp and “neutralisation of their commanders/leaders and other fighters.”

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He said: “On July 15, 2020, the Air Task Force launched coordinated air offensives on terrorists’ camp at Ngwuri Gana Village, along Gulumba Gana-Kumshe axis in the Northern part of Borno State. The massive airstrikes led to the destruction of the terrorists’ camp while several terrorists were neutralised. 

“Meanwhile, between June 17 and 20, this year, the Land Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE successfully conducted intelligence-based clearance operations that dealt devastating blows on the BHT/ISWAP terrorist elements in some parts of the Northeast.

“The operations led to the neutralisation of six BHT members attempting to cross from the Cameroon Border towards Sambisa Axis in Borno State. Caches of arms and ammunition and other items were recovered, while several insurgents surrendered.

“Recall that earlier this month, eight BHT ISWAP commanders/leaders were killed by our gallant troops at Damasak. 

“Furthermore, on July 20, troops of Army Super Camp 1 while on routine patrol along Maiduguri-Damboa were attacked by Boko Haram Terrorists. However, the gallant troops, supported by ATF platforms providing Close Air Support, neutralised several terrorists and destroyed four of their gun trucks.”

In the Northwest region, Gen. Enenche stated that “troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY in Shimfida village of Jibia LGA of Katsina State neutralised 17 armed bandits.”

He added: “During the operation, troops recovered five AK 47 rifles and 152 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. Sadly, own troops suffered three casualties.

“In the same vein, the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI on July 20, 2020, neutralised several armed bandits in Kagara Forest of Zamfara State.

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“The mission was conducted pursuant to Human Intelligence reports indicating heavy presence of the armed bandits, along with a large number of rustled livestock in a portion of the forest which was confirmed by series of aerial surveillance missions.

“Additionally, within the week under review, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY arrested eight bandits in Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.”

The Armed Forces spokesperson noted that in continuation of the military’s anti-Crude Oil Theft (COT) and other economic sabotage operation in the Niger Delta region, the Maritime Component of Operation DELTA SAFE “recorded tremendous successes against economic saboteurs” with the Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER patrol team, using drone, discovering an illegal refining site around Cawthorne Channel.

“The site had two metal reservoirs laden with an estimated 300,000 litres of illegally refined AGO and a large wooden boat containing 3.14 barrels of product suspected to be stolen crude oil.

“The wooden boat and products were dismantled while the site was deactivated. Additionally, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER in conjunction with Forward Operating Base BONNY located an illegal refining site at Bille Creek with one tarpaulin and two metal reservoirs stored with about 60,000 litres of illegally refined AGO and 125.7 barrels of product suspected to be stolen crude oil.
The storage facilities and product were dismantled while the site was deactivated,” he stated.

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