…arrest wanted commander …996 enemies of state, family members surrender
The Defence Headquarters, yesterday, said troops of Operation Hadin Kai have killed a total of 140 suspected terrorists during kinetic operations in Borno State, between November 11 and 25 even as a “notorious terrorist” on the wanted list of security operatives was also arrested in the course of the operations.
The Acting Director of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Brig-Gen Bernard Onyeuko, who made the disclosures at a bi-weekly operational briefing in Abuja, assured of the resolve of the Armed Forces of Nigeria – in collaboration with other security agencies – to defeat enemies of the state, wherever they operate from. According to the DDMO, troops have remained active in all theatres of operation across the country, assuring that no stone will be left unturned in the determined bid to assert the full authority of the state.
“Our troops have continued to execute various kinetic and non-kinetic operations in conjunction with other security agencies across the nation. Although a few setbacks were experienced in the course of these operations within the last two weeks, however, troops remained undaunted and determined in their quest to attain sustainable peace in the country through kinetic and non-kinetic operations, which yielded attendant results. “On 13 November 13, 2021, own troops in a coordinated ground and air attacks, repelled terrorists’ attack on troops at Askira Uba in Borno State.
“During the counteroffensive operation, over 50 of the terrorists were neutralised and several of their combat equipment, including gun trucks and other weapons were destroyed. Also, their fighting vehicles as well as large caches of arms and ammunition were recovered during the encounter. However, some of our gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme prize. “In related developments, troops in Baga town arrested a notorious terrorist named, Mr Haladu Saleh, who has been on security forces wanted list since 2018.
“Similarly, along Bukarti- Yusufari road and Maima Hari checkpoint along Biu-Damboa road, troops intercepted and impounded BHT logistics supplies. “Following credible intelligence on terrorists’ activities in Karawar village, troops raided their enclave and recovered arms and ammunition as well as assorted drugs and arrested two drug peddlers named; Mr Ezekiel Karson and Galadima Bako with large quantities of cannabis sativa. “In the course of these operations, no fewer than 90 terrorists were neutralised and 21 of them arrested.”