Nigerian Military Assure Nigerians of Sustaining Winning Ways of its Operational Engagements

The Nigerian Military has assured Nigerians that it is bent on sustaining the winning ways of its operational engagements as depicted with the recent rescue of 16 and 137 hostages in Sokoto and Kaduna States, respectively.

It said the rescue of these hostages is indicative of a better understanding of the dynamics of what the Armed Forces are dealing with and to address the issue in a much safer manner.

Major General Edward Buba the Director Defence Media Operations made these known during the weekly Press Conference on the ongoing Military Operations by the Armed Forces of Nigeria on Thursday 28th March, 2024 at the Defence Headquarters. He hinted that the rescue operations was based on collaboration between the military working with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated approach. He further maintained that the success recorded demonstrates the unwavering commitment of the armed forces to secure and protect the citizens against harm and acts of terror.

In his words “The pressure of military operations created a significant level of distress both for the terrorist and the children. Given the situation, troops line of interest was the children. The level of distressed created by the children was sufficient enough for troops to exploit in their rescue.

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“Additionally, cursory operations in the general areas by troops culminated in the neutralization of several terrorist leaders and commanders in OP HADARIN DAJI theatre of operation.

“On the flip side, we must never allow the incident that occurred in Delta State that led to the killing of 17 soldiers that were buried on 27 March 2024 to ever happen again. The armed forces is a force for stability that employs both kinetic and non knowledge netic measures to achieve the desired end state”He disclosed that prior to the ugly incident, the military had constructed several civic projects in Delta State as a sign of goodwill.

“For instance, the construction of Multipurpose Hall and Borehole Projects in Patani LGA and Medical Outreach at Aladja Community in Udu LGA all in Delta State, among several others. Needless to mention, the elders and community leaders have an obligation to expose these wanted persons.

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“Nevertheless, troops would continue with their efforts until the culprits are found, arrested, tried, and brought to justice by Nigerian law. The banner of eight wanted persons involved with the killing including a woman is hereby released. “Accordingly, it is necessary to state that citizens are our first line of intelligence and must rise to the occasion in honour of their nation. “Meanwhile, during the week under review. Troops neutralised 212 and arrested 252 persons. Troops also arrested 29 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 244 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of One Billion Fifty Million Seven and Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty Naira (N1,050,715,260.00) only.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 223 assorted weapons and 2,756 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 3 M56 rifles, 115 AK47 rifles, 3 PKT gun, 24 locally fabricated gun, 36 dane guns, 7 locally fabricated pistols, one fabricated revolver pistol, 3 locally made single barrel guns, 2 hand grenades and one locally made explosive.

“Others are: 1,716 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 494 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 60 rounds of 7.62 x 25mm ammo, 290 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, 81 rounds of 9mm ammo, 2 live cartridges, 16 magazines, 3 M56 rifles magazines, one HH radio, 5 vehicles, 14 motorcycles, 15 mobile phones and the sum of N857,960.00 amongst other items”

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He stated that troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 102 dugout pits, 41 boats, 36 storage tanks and 8 vehicles. He said other items recovered include 39 cooking ovens, 6 pumping machines and 61 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 944,700 litres of stolen crude oil, 171,060 litres of illegally refined AGO and 1,500 litres of DPK.

He stated that the foregoing indicates that troops are weathering the storm through offensive posture and improved understanding of modus operandi of the adversary. He said the Armed Forces are doing their best to rescue other hostages in terrorist captivity.

He said “Troops would also continue to elimination threats posed by these terrorist and their cohorts. However, citizens should remember that they are our first line of intelligence. Therefore, as citizens, we have a collective responsibility of doing right”

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