Army: Troops intensify onslaught on suspected terrorists, bandits

…rescue 146 captives, arrest, kill many fighters

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja


Nigerian troops have intensified counter-insurgency and other operations across the North East and North West, with attendant success against suspected criminal elements.

Specifically, the clearance operations in the North East have resulted in the rescue of at least 146 kidnap-victims, including women and children.

The Army Operations Media Coordinator Col. Aminu Iliyasu, who made the disclosure in a statement, Thursday, said eight suspected Boko Haram fighters had surrendered alongside 14 of their family members.

This was as he further noted the killing of many of the fighters, and the arrest of others.

“The continuous chocking and decimation of unrepentant remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province elements at the enclaves and hideouts across the Theatre by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole is evidently yielding the desired results. This is evident in the frequency and number of the criminal terrorists succumbing to the unbearable battle pressure being unleashed on them by surrendering to the troops during the recent clearance operations conducted by the troops.

“For instance, on 21 February 2020, a total of 8 Boko Haram fighters along with 14 of their family members comprising 6 women and 8 children surrendered to troops of 152 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki Town in Bama LGA of Borno State during clearance operations. The surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists include: Tija Bo Isa, Ba Amodu Aba Kaka, Modu Zantalami, Malam Zantalami, Bakura Aba Kaka (Boko Haram Logistics Supplier), Bulama Modu Zantalami, Abukar Izahi and Bana Katum. During preliminary interrogation, the surrendered terrorists regretted their involvement in the dastardly acts of killing and abduction of innocent people as well as attacks on security agencies.

“They equally disclosed that their leadership has been in disarray for the past 4 months since the renewed offensive actions by the troops against their enclaves leading to high casualties on their foot soldiers amidst serious dislocation of their command structures. They further disclosed that many of their erstwhile colleagues are wandering in the forest and willing to give up their unholy adventure but are afraid of being killed by the security agencies. They therefore call on them to take the bold decision and surrender to any Nigerian Army unit closest to them as the safety of their lives are guaranteed,” he said.

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