Troops kill 814 terrorists, arrest 1,903 in three months
Defence high command has said troops on the frontline across the country killed 814 terrorists and arrested 1,903 suspects, while 4,560 insurgents and families surrendered to superior fire power between June and August 2023.
The Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj-Gen. Edward Buba, who made the disclosure during the third quarter stock-taking briefing on military operations, yesterday, said 721 hostages were also rescued from captivity.
He said the troops recovered 501 weapons, 3,577 livestock, 3,269 assorted ammunition and 674 other equipment, warning that the military would not spare those taking sides with terrorists.
“It is clear from our operations that the terrorists and their cohorts have sustained a significant number of casualties. They will continue to sustain even more casualties as we move forward. The illusion by these groups to embark on terrorism or insurgency is laughable.
“Increasingly, they have become more of a criminal organisation, which is why they fight. They fight, so that they can keep profiting from criminal activities such as illegal mining, kidnapping, cattle rustling, illegal levies on fishing and farming communities and all other unholy forms of criminal inclinations,” he said.
The military across the six geopolitical zones, from June to August 2023, he explained, also recovered 213 motorcycles, 69 mobile phones, one bicycle, 10 machetes and a pair of camouflage.
On the war against oil theft in the South South geopolitical zone, he said the troops recovered 6,652,250 litres of stolen crude oil, 3,558,325 litres of illegally refined diesel, 288,650 litres of kerosene and 65,600 litres of petrol.
He said the stolen crude recovered from economic saboteurs is estimated at N4 billion.
“Accordingly, the terrorists and their cohorts are encouraged to drop their arms and rejoin society to provide a better life for themselves and their children. They risk annihilation if they fail to do so,” he added.
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