..says additional 1,186 suspected terrorists, family members surrender
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that troops prosecuting the war against economic sabotage in the Niger Delta region, recovered a total of 1,232,250 litres of illegally-refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), as well as 1,140,340 litres of stolen crude, in the last two weeks. This is as it further noted that within the period under review October 29 to November 11, an additional 1,186 terrorist elements, including their family members, surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the North East theatre of Operation. The acting Director of Defence Media Operations (DRMO), Brig- Gen. Benard Onyeuko, made the disclosures, yesterday, during the bi-weekly operational briefing, which held at the DHQ in Abuja. According to Onyeuko, the said gains are a product of the military’s resolve to deny criminal elements freedom of action in all parts of the country, through constant review of operational strategies.
“Troops of Operation Delta Safe conducted land, maritime and air operations in the South- South Zone, to forestall activities of economic saboteurs and other criminal elements. “Within the period, several anti-illegal oil production and raid operations were executed at different locations in the Zone that yielded significant results.
“In the course of these operations, troops discovered and deactivated illegal oil refining/bunkering sites. “Cumulatively, troops discovered and immobilised a total of 20 illegal refining sites, 62 ovens, 12 cooking pots/boilers, eight cooling systems, 19 reservoirs, 18 large dugout pits and 88 storage tanks. “Additionally, eight criminal elements, including two impostors were arrested and seven arms and three rounds of ammuni-tion, among other items were recovered in the course of the operations in the Zone. Additionally, troops rescued 13 kidnapped civilians within the period,” the DDMO said.
On the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in the North East, the one-star General stated that: “In the course of these operations within the period of 2 weeks, 31 terrorists were neutralised and 71 of them arrested including 2 women logistics suppliers, namely Mrs Aisha Umar, 19 years with a child of (2 years) and Mrs Kaltumi Bakura, 20 years, all resident at IDP Camp in Bama. “Also a total of 122 assorted weapons recovered. Additionally, a total of 97 kidnapped civilians were rescued, while a total of 1,186 of BHT elements and their families comprising 226 adult males, 406 adult females and 555 children surrendered to own troops at different locations in Borno State.”