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The Nigerian Army yesterday said its troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in Madagali Local Council of Adamawa State inflicted more harm on Boko Haram insurgents in the area. The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Among Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.He said the feat was achieved when the troops conducted clearance operations against remnants of the Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists from Madagali through Waga Lawan, Jaje to Fadama all in the council area.

According to him, the insurgents were decisively dealt with, forcing them to hurriedly flee the location in disarray.Iliyasu said: “Troops destroyed all of the criminals’ structures, farmland, harvested grains stored in underground bunkers and one Lister grinding machine.

“In another encounter at Fadama village, the criminals’ flag hoisted on a tree was captured and immediately lowered after the troops had effectively subdued the insurgents with superior fire power forcing them to flee in disarray.“Items recovered from the criminals include two bicycles, copies of Qur’an and several other personal effects. Interestingly, no causality was recorded by the gallant troops.”

The spokesman also disclosed that the troops of 151 Battalion, Sector 1 OPLD, “handed a humiliating defeat to the insurgents in the early hours of December 25 while on a clearance operation conducted deep into the Sambisa Forest.”He added that one suicide bomber, who tried to force himself into the troops’ base, was neutralised in the general area.

Iliyasu said the improvised explosive device (IED) strapped to the late terrorist got detonated in the process, scattering his body parts across the field.He went on: “Items recovered in the aftermath of the encounter include 81mm mortar muzzle cover, two rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition, one AK 47 magazine and one passport photo.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in his goodwill message to the troops, admonished them to remain resolute in their efforts at clearing and destroying all the hideouts and enclaves of the remnants of the criminal insurgents across the theatre.”However, the Commander of the Special task Force in Jos, known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major-General Augustine Agundu, has challenged the indigenes of Southern Kaduna to cooperate with security agencies to fish out the criminals among them.He gave the charge during a town hall meeting with critical stakeholders in Kafanchan.

Owing to its “impressive performance” in securing peace and safety of lives and property in Plateau State, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, decided to add some local councils in Southern Kaduna to the care of OPSH.The Southern part of Kaduna is one of the areas that was faced with cattle rustling and land encroachment.To address the menace, Agundu organised the event where he informed the stakeholders that adequate measures had been put in place to overcome the challenges affecting that part of Kaduna State.He appealed to the traditional rulers and community leaders to use their positions in identifying the criminal elements in their environs.


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