By Augustine Osayande
Troops Operation LAFIYA DOLE have killed 188 fighters and senior commanders of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Coordinator Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche disclosed this in an update on Armed Forces operations in the country from 6 to 28 May 2020 on Thursday.
Enenche said several others BHT and ISWAP fighters suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival.
He also disclosed that the terrorists’ logistics facilities, gun trucks and other structures were destroyed while some weapons were recovered within the period under review.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations added that troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE also rescued several women and children, who were abducted by the terrorists.
“The total number rescued within this period is 236. The victims have undergone medical checkups and treatments at our health facilities,” Enenche said.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations also disclosed that troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in various clearance operations neutralized 392 armed bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings and logistics warehouses within the period under review at Dunya, Abu Radde’s Camp and Ibrahim Mai Bai’s Camp in Jibia and Danmusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State as well as Maikomi and Kurmin Kurain Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.
He said this was in addition to several others killed by air bombardments.
Enenche said the air interdiction led to destruction of several logistics facilities and compounds, housing some key bandits’ leaders.
He said human intelligence report confirmed the casualty figures.
He also confirmed that troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH during the period under review killed 19 armed bandits in Benue and Taraba States.
Enenche said the gallant troops also carried out a raid operation on a criminal hideout off Zaki Biam and Katsina-Ala highway where a notorious armed robber Terugwa Igbagwa alias Orjondu was killed.
He said the troops also recovered large caches of arms and ammunition within the period under review.
“The killing of Orjondu has brought a great relief to the good people of Benue State and some parts of Taraba State.
“He was the mastermind of various civilian deaths including kidnapping and assassinations. Equally, notorious militia leader Gana narrowly escaped with injuries when his hideout was raided,” Enenche added.
He said the Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER Patrol Team, on 26 May 20, conducted Anti-Crude oil theft/anti-illegal bunkering operations around Briakiri off Onne and Abise community off Abonema Akukutoru Local Government Area of Rivers state.
Enenche said the team located 2 illegal refining sites with 4 storage tanks laden with estimated 400,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO during the operations.
He added that the products were impounded while two pumping machines were recovered to the base. No arrest was made as the perpetrators fled on sighting the patrol team.
He also confirmed that Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA, on 25 May 20, intercepted a wooden boat and a speed boat around Ilaopashe, Bennett island and Lokpobri communities in Warri and Burutu South Local Government Areas of Delta State.
He said the team located 4 illegal refining sites with 14 dug-out pits, 32 surface metal storage tanks and 43 ovens laden with about 628.98 barrels of suspected stolen crude oil as well as 72,000.00 litres of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO.
Enenche said the team located a 3-inch pipe and associated fittings close to NPDC pipeline around Bennett Island, suspected to have been laid by crude oil thieves and disconnected the pipes and fittings.
He said the storage facilities were dismantled while the speed boat was recovered to the base.
Enenche also confirmed that the Forward Operating Base IBAKA on 26 May 2020 while on routine patrol around Ewang Creek intercepted and arrested a medium size wooden boat laden with drums of products suspected to be stolen PMS with 2 suspects.
Suspects and items recovered from the arrest include 49,000.00 litres of products suspected to be stolen PMS.
He said the suspects were currently undergoing investigation and would soon be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agency.
He also disclosed that the Nigerian Navy in furtherance of its quest to secure our Exclusive Economic Zone, and the Gulf of Guinea rescued a Chinese fishing trawler HAILUFENG 11, rescued 18 crewed and arrested 10 sea pirates within the period under review.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said the Military High Command congratulated all the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country and appreciates the general public for providing credible information that facilitated the successes of various operations.
He enjoined the public to be proactive in the provision of timely information by reporting suspicious movements and strangers within their locality to military operations headquarters in their areas.