DAILY COURIER – The Defence Headquarters has said six top terrorist commanders have surrendered to troops in the North-East on July 13, 2022.
Those who surrendered according to the military high command are Mala Hassan, a governor; a three-star commander, Jafar Hamma; Musa Bashir, a Chief Anur; Ali Madagali, a Munzur; Buba Dahiru, a Munzur, and Abbali Nakib Polisawa.
Also, about 3,858 Boko Haram terrorists and their families were said to have surrendered between July 1 and 14, 2022.
The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on the update activities of troops between June 30 and July 14, across the country.
The statement read: “In the North-East, the troops of HADIN KAI have continued to take the battle to Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province enclaves with more coordinated operations. On 13 July, 2022, Six top terrorists Commanders surrendered to own troops in Gwoza.
“It is pertinent to note that since the surrendering of terrorists to own troops, the high calibre of Commanders who surrendered at this time are unprecedented, among them a WALI (Governor) and KAID (a 3 star Commander).
“The surrendered are; Mallam Mala Hassan (WALI), Ali Madagali (MUNZUR), Musa Bashir (CHIEF ANUR), Buba Dahiru (MUNZUR), Jafar Hamma (KAID) and Abbali NAKIB Polisawa.
“Also, about 3,858 Boko Haram Terrorists and their families surrendered between 1 – 14 July, 2022, comprising 505 male, 1,042 Female and 2,311 children.
“Furthermore, in the theatre, troops neutralised several Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province terrorists, with in the period under review, at different encounters at Gamage village in Dikwa Local Government Area, Dikwa – Gambora Ngala road, Pulka – Gwale road in Borno State, among others. Several Terrorists’ logistics suppliers/collaborators were arrested with various items at various logistics towns within the theatre. Among them were two women namely; Hauwa Gambo and Khadija Dirsa.
“In a related development, on 11 July, 2022, the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted air interdiction operation at Tumbum Jaki and Tumbum Murhu, near Lake Chad in Borno State on the receipt of intelligent report on the activities of the insurgents in the general area.
“The successful airstrike neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists and destroyed their hideout. Accordingly, information received from locals indicate that over 21 terrorists were neutralised in the airstrike.
“Consequently, between 1 – 14 July, 2022, troops neutralised 42 terrorists, arrested 10 suspected terrorists, captured 17 AK47 rifles, 1 QTC rifle, 1 RPG Bomb, 1 RPG tube, 5 hand grenades, 120 rounds of 5.5mm, 54 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 151 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 60 rounds of 12.7 108mm, 2 ammo links, 5 dane guns, 8 rounds of fabricated 7.62mm ammunition, 1 smoke grenade, 2 locally made explosives, 23 empty AK47 magazines, and 5 FN magazines.
“All surrendered Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families were profiled and documented, while all recovered items and apprehended suspected terrorists were handed over to the appropriate authority for further action.”
Also, in the North-West, “Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI carried out several operations in its theatre, notably on 10 and 11 July, at Sambo village in Dandume Local Government Area, Katsina State, neutralised 2 terrorists and recovered arms and ammunition.
“It also, intercepted bandits collaborators at Dogo Kade and Samawa village in Kaura Namoda, in Zamfara State, where they recovered 2 motorcycles and jerrircans filled with Premium Motor Spirit and several stolen cows were recovered at Gidan Isa in Maradum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“In another development, on 11 July, 2022, troops rescued one Mallam Sani Umar Wara, at Maberiya Village, in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. It was revealed that he was serving at Zuru Correctional Centre, but was kidnapped at Kofar Gabas town in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on 2 July, 2022. The rescued person was handed to Headquarters, Correctional Centre, Gusau, for further action.”
Similarly, in North-Central, “Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE on 2 July, 2022, conducted raid operation in Hausa Quarters in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State and discovered a weapon fabricating factory.
“The criminals fled before the arrival of own troops, however, troops recovered 2 locally made cartridge launchers, 1 FN rifle, 1 locally made gun and other items used in manufacturing weapons. In another operation, troops arrested a criminal vandalising electric wires at NIPSS, Kuru, in Jos Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“Also, 2 suspected cattle rustlers were arrested at Kara Market, Bukuru, in Jos Local Government Area of Plateau State, suspects are in the custody for further action.
“Relatedly on 1 July, 2022, troops raided some criminal enclaves in Kukyor Village in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Consequently, 7 suspects were arrested, 5 dane guns, 5 machetes, 5 cartridges. 7 cell phones, among other items were recovered.
“Also, on 7 and 8 July, 2022, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in conjunction with plateau State Police Command, arrested 2 notorious kidnappers, Abdulrazaq Umar and Idris Abdulahi, at Beco Junction, Heipang District in Barkin Ladi of Plateau State.
“The suspects confessed to have carried out series of kidnapping activities within Plateau and Bauchi States, including the murder of Alhaji Saleh Abdulhamid (Shabi), at Ex land Village on 22 June, 2022, the suspects further revealed one Mallam Buhari Umar, as the leader of the gang. However, while enroute the criminal hideout, the suspect attempted to escape and were neutralised.
“Similarly, on 9 July 2022, troops conducted raid operation at Mailafia, Nisaina, Dogon Filli and Gidan Waya, all in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and arrested 2 armed robbers; Mr George Yakubu and George Joseph, aged 26 and 25 respectively.
“Items recovered from the suspects include 3 fabricated AK 47 rifles, 1 knife, 1 cutting hoe, I cutlers, 1 spanner, amongst others.
“Also, on the same day, troops responded to a distress call that gunmen attacked a Toyota Hummer Bus with registration number LFA 322 YR, Nasarawa, at Dogan Filli Village in Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and rescued 9 passengers who were held hostage.
“All arrested criminals, rescued civilians and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.”
In the South-South zone, “In compliance with its mandate of safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Maritime environment, the Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA of Operation Delta Safe on 5 July, 2022, responded to a distress message and in a swift reaction located and rescued a 16 metres surfer passenger boat, MV NUE SWIFT, belonging to a Lagos based oil service company.
“The boat had lost her propelling ability at Agbara Platform, while transiting from Forcados to Bonny Mooring and drifted for 32 hours before being rescued by own troops. Accordingly, the crew and the boat were handed over to the Forward Operations Base, Bonny, on 6 July, 2022.
“In the same vein, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE on operation OCTOPUS GRIP, conducted operational activities in creeks, towns and communities in the Niger Delta region of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers State.
“In the cause of conducting anti illegal oil refining operations, troops discovered and destroyed 109 illegal refining sites, 34 wooden boats, 150 storage tanks, 119 ovens, 104 dugout pits. Cumulatively, within the period under review troops recovered 27 pumping machines, 1 weapon, 1 speed boat, 13 vehicles, 7 outboard engine, Four Million Three Hundred Thirty Nine Thousand (4,339,000) litres of crude oil, Two Million Fifty One Thousand (2,051,000) litres of AGO and Thirty Thousand (30,000)litres of DPK. Troops also arrested 24 economic saboteurs. All recovered items and apprehended oil thieves were handed over to the appropriate authorities.”
Similarly, “Troops in the South West zone of the Country have continued to fight crime and clamp down on smugglers in the border area of the zone. On 3 July, 2022, troops on joint border patrol recovered 61 (Sixty One) 25 litres jerricans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and intercepted 2 vehicles loaded with 163 fifty kilograms of foreign rice, along Ifo-Abeokuta in Ifo Local Government Area and ijimu–Tata in Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State. All recovered items were handed over to the Nigerian Custom Service, Abeokuta.
“Finally, I wish to convey the military high command commendations on the efforts of the troops in the various theatres of operation across the Country.
“Furthermore, the entire populace is hereby, appreciated for the support given to the Armed Forces and security agencies in the conduct of their operations, while also urging them to continue to provide creditable information on criminals in their locality.
“The media community is also acknowledged for their partnership and cooperation with the military and other security agencies in our quest to return peace to our dear Country.”