Military Neutralize 37 Terrorists, Arrest 95 Criminals

By Zakaa Lazarus, Abuja

The Defence Headquarters on Friday said, it’s troops have neutralized about 37 Terrorists and as well arrested 95 Criminals across the country in one week.

The DHQ said this was achieved through the actions and activities of the armed forces in the ongoing counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations.

This was revealed in a statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba in Abuja.

According to him, “the operations are yielding desired results ranging from denying safe havens to these groups, to the destruction of their command and control facilities as well as training facilities.

“The operations of the last one week, resulted in 37 neutralized terrorists while 95 of them were arrested. Troops also arrested 19 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 53 kidnapped hostages.

Buba also noted that the operation in the South South geo-political zone, troops denied oil theft of the estimated sum of Three Billion Three Hundred and Ninety Nine Million Twenty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Naira (N3,399,029,850.00).

Buba further said over 45 AK47 rifles, 11 locally fabricated AK47 rifles, 6 pump action guns, 12 dane guns, 2 AK47 rifles loaded with 34 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2 locally made guns, 2 locally fabricated pistols, 2 locally made revolvers were recovered from the criminals.

“Others are; 925 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 28 rounds of 9mm ammo, 157 live cartridges, 23 magazines, 27 vehicles, 25 motorcycles, 38 mobile phones, 2 HH radios, 2 boafeng radios, 4 bicycles and one tricycle amongst others.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 42 dugout pits, 82 boats, 143 storage tanks, 234 cooking ovens, 56 illegal refining sites, 61 hoses, 17 drums, one pumping machine, 2 outboard engines and one vessel. Troops recovered 6,009,500 litres of stolen crude oil, 425,715 litres of illegally refined AGO, 38,100 litres of DPK and 4,500 litres of PMS.

The DHQ spokesperson said that the military is in a good fight and is winning the war against criminalities in the country.

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