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Military nabs arms supplier to Boko Haram, rescues three Chibok girls, 19 others

By Odita Sunday (Abuja) and Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi (Jos)
09 September 2022   |   4:09 am
A suspected foreign logistics supplier to Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT)/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abatcha Bukar, has been arrested by troops on the frontline.

Troops charged to work with other agencies for security
A suspected foreign logistics supplier to Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT)/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abatcha Bukar, has been arrested by troops on the frontline.

Bukar was nabbed with assorted injections, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and N294,520 cash.

The troops also rescued three more Chibok girls, who were on serial numbers 3, 20 and 24 of the abducted Chibok girls’ list.

Briefing newsmen on the activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies from the various operational theatres across the six geopolitical zones of the country, Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) operated at the fringes of various villages and communities in Kukawa, Dikwa, Bama, Kaga, Monguno, Guzamala, Konduga, Gwoza and Mafa local councils in Borno State as well as Gujba Local Council of Yobe.

“During the operations, troops neutralised 52 suspected BHT/ISWAP fighters and arrested 14 terrorists. They also recovered two unexploded grenades, 12 AK-47 rifles, the FN rifles, five AK-47 magazines, automatic grenade launcher, hand grenade, AP mine, 86 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, motorcycle, 16 bows and arrows, seven bicycles and 10 mobile phones.

“Further, they rescued three Chibok girls named Jinkai Yama, Falmata Lawal and Asabe Ali at different locations with their children and 19 other abductees,” Danmadami said.

He noted that as part of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH)’s non-kinetic approach to winning the hearts of locals and promoting peaceful coexistence, OPSH, in collaboration with Beautiful Gate Handicaps People Centre, Jos, on September 3, 2022, distributed 220 tricycles and bags of rice to the People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) in Plateau and Bauchi states.

MEANWHILE, officers of the AFN have been charged to work with other security organisations to surmount security challenges in the country.

The charge was given yesterday by the Commander, Armoured Corps, Maj-Gen. Suleiman Idris, during Exercise Enduring Peace, a command post exercise, hosted by 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi, in Jos.

Speaking during the Night Walk Round phase of the exercise, Idris, who was the Special Guest of Honour, commended the participants for imbibing team spirit and sharing professional experiences necessary for a successful operation.

According to him, current security challenges require continuous training and synergy among various security agencies working to achieve a common goal, urging the troops to take advantage of the exercise to improve their professional conduct in the field.

On his part, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Nigerian Army, who doubled as Commander of OPSH, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, said the improved synergy among security agencies led to successes in current operations.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Commander 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi, Brig-Gen. John Adeyemo, said the exercise was part of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)’s training directives to upscale training of troops towards ending the security challenges in the country.