War on Terror: DHQ Synergies Other Security Agencies To Curb insecurity In FCT, Environ


…deploys technology, intelligence gathering.


The Nigerian Military says it’s troops are Synergizing with other security agencies to investigate and curb kidnapping activities particularly around the federal capital territory.

This was contained in a statement by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, on Friday

The military also expresses its heartfelt sympathy towards the bereaved family in particular following the upsurge of kidnapping incidents in the nation’s capital lately.


Buba further assured citizens of the FCT that the armed forces are working relentlessly to address the hurtful situation.

“Additionally, troops are synergizing with other security services and stakeholders to investigate and gather more intelligence on these kidnapping gangs, particularly around the FCT.


“Indeed, our hearts and thoughts go to their families and loved ones. We also recognize the fear that these kidnappings create among the citizenry, following recent events in the FCT.

“Troops have prioritized the areas of these kidnappings and increased both ground and air surveillance over the areas. Technologies have also been deployed to more easily detect these kidnapping gangs in their hideouts and enclaves.

“Furthermore, troops increased the tempo of operations to find, degrade, and destroy the terrorists and cohorts wherever they were hiding.


“In the FCT and environs, some of the areas cleared by troops so far include Kawu, Gaba, Deidei, Kubwa Hills, and Ushafa in the FCT, Garam, Jibi, and back of Zuma Rock in Niger State, as well as Gidan Dogo and Kuyeri/Kuyeri Hills in Kaduna State. There have also been intensified night patrols in the Mpape, Kubwa, Lugbe, Pyakasa, Keti, Gbaupe, Gbaukuchi, and Airport Rd among others.

“In the NE, the air component of Operation HADIN KAI, on 10 January 2024, eliminated three top ISWAP terrorist commanders in Borno State. The three commanders identified as; Abou Maimuna, Abou Zahra, and Commander Saleh with their lieutenants in a canoe, were targeted and destroyed by the air strikes.

“Overall, the operations during the week resulted in 43 neutralized terrorists with 76 of them arrested. Troops also arrested 29 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 27 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied oil theft of the estimated sum of One Hundred and Thirty-One Million One Hundred and One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira (N131,101,750.00) only.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 81 assorted weapons and 2,150 assorted ammunition. The breakdown is as follows: one NSVT AA gun, one GPMG, one PKMG, 36 AK47 rifles, one RPG 7 tube, 2 AGL bombs, 4 pump action guns, 4 locally fabricated guns, 8 Dane guns, 3 short guns, one cut-to-short dane gun, 2 berretta pistols, one damaged AK47 rifle, 2 RPG chargers, wooden stock of AK47 rifles, LMG magazine, 8 bandoliers and 42 magazines.

“Others are 272 belted rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 268 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 557 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm special, 1000 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 3 rounds of 12.7 x 108mm, 6 rounds of 9mm ammo, one AA ammo, 74 live cartridges, empty cases of 7.62mm special ammo, 2 vehicles, 25 motorcycles, 21 mobile phones, 6 baofeng radios and the sum of N1,266,920.00 only amongst other items.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 7 dugout pits, 13 boats, 23 storage tanks, 2 barges, 4 vehicles. Other items recovered include 15 cooking ovens, 2 pump machines, and 16 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 139,045 liters of stolen crude oil, 25,115 litres of illegally refined AGO, and 5,200 litres of DPK.

“The armed forces will always be mindful of the threat of kidnapping gangs and terrorists across the country.

“Accordingly, we will continually review our internal processes to deal with these threats both now and in the long term. The military is determined to give the situation the seriousness it deserves to create a safer environment for citizens.

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