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Operation Lafiya Dole: Troops Foil Kidnap/Armed Robbery Incidents Neutralize Marauding Boko Haram Criminals

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 As the tempo of clearance operations increases both in the NE and NW theatres of operation, more Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals continue to succumb to the superior tactics and fire power of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE. In the early hours of 14 June 2020, troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State effectively cleared Kusumu and Warshele Villages which appeared to be the terrorists’ logistics base. The troops also cleared Kumo, Diime and Sabori where they engaged some marauding Boko Haram criminals hibernating in the general area. After the encounter, the troops neutralized 13 Boko Haram criminals and captured 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns, one Sniper Rifle, one 36 Hand Grenade, one Improvised Explosive Device Bomb and 2 Boko Haram flags. Other captured items include 5 cutlasses, one digger, one spear, 5 bicycles, 3 motorcycles, 5 carts, 2 loud hailers and one Lister generator. The troops equally rescued 32 captives comprising 16 women and 16 children.
TROOPS OF 151 TASK FORCE BATTALION DEPLOYED AT STRONG RESPONSE AREA MIYANTI IN BAMA LGA OF BORNO STATE CONDUCTED A ROBUST CLEARANCE OPERATION TO SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MIYANTI GENERAL AREA THAT LED TO THE NEUTRALIZATION OF ONE BOKO HARAM CRIMINAL WHILE ANOTHER ONE WAS CAPTURED ALIVE BY THE GALLANT TROOPS.
TROOPS OF 151 TASK FORCE BATTALION DEPLOYED AT STRONG RESPONSE AREA MIYANTI IN BAMA LGA OF BORNO STATE CONDUCTED A ROBUST CLEARANCE OPERATION TO SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MIYANTI GENERAL AREA THAT LED TO THE NEUTRALIZATION OF ONE BOKO HARAM CRIMINAL WHILE ANOTHER ONE WAS CAPTURED ALIVE BY THE GALLANT TROOPS.


2. Similarly, on 11 June 2020, the troops of Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State conducted an ambush against Boko Haram elements along Pulka – Bokko – Kirawa Road. Troops made contact with a band of Boko Haram logistics couriers attempting to cross from the Mandara Mountains to Banki axis. The gallant troops neutralized 2 of the criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Additionally, troops recovered 4 bicycles and bags of grains from the fleeing insurgents.

COMBINED TROOPS OF 242 BATTALION, SECTOR 3 QUICK RESPONSE FORCE AND ELEMENTS OF STRONG RESPONSE RESCUED ONE MALAM HASSAN BUKAR AND RECOVERED ONE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER JEEP DURING ENCOUNTER WITH BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS AT JILGATA IN NGANZAI LGA OF BORNO STATE.
COMBINED TROOPS OF 242 BATTALION, SECTOR 3 QUICK RESPONSE FORCE AND ELEMENTS OF STRONG RESPONSE RESCUED ONE MALAM HASSAN BUKAR AND RECOVERED ONE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER JEEP DURING ENCOUNTER WITH BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS AT JILGATA IN NGANZAI LGA OF BORNO STATE.


3. Earlier, on 10 June 2020, same troops of Strong Response Area Pulka in conjunction with elements of Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force successfully ambushed and neutralized 3 Boko Haram criminals dressed in foreign military camouflage uniform along Pulka – Firgi – Banki Junction – Sabsawa. The troops also captured 2 AK 47 Rifles loaded with magazines, one Rocket Propelled Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, 5 extra magazines, 45 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, one Hand Grenade, one Honda motorcycle, one cell phone and First Aid kits.

TROOPS OF SECTOR 2 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE IN CONJUNCTION WITH VIGILANTES ARRESTED 3 NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS AND RECOVERED 4 AK 47 RIFLES, 7 AK 47 RIFLE MAGAZINES AND 175 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION AT BUNI YADI, BUNI GARI AND LAMISHERI VILLAGES.
TROOPS OF SECTOR 2 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE IN CONJUNCTION WITH VIGILANTES ARRESTED 3 NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS AND RECOVERED 4 AK 47 RIFLES, 7 AK 47 RIFLE MAGAZINES AND 175 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION AT BUNI YADI, BUNI GARI AND LAMISHERI VILLAGES.


4. In a related development, the troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Strong Response Area Miyanti in Bama LGA of Borno State conducted a robust clearance operation into suspected Boko Haram criminals’ hideout at Miyanti general area. The operation led to the neutralization of one Boko Haram member with one other captured alive. Similarly, on the same day, the troops of 117 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with elements of Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force sprung an ambush against elements of Boko Haram criminals’ logistics couriers at Gwagwamdi in Askira/Uba LGA of Borno State. The successful ambush operation led to the neutralization of one of the Boko Haram criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds as evident by the blood spills along their withdrawal route. Additionally, the troops captured one AK 47 Rifle, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 27 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 8 bicycles and bags of foodstuff and clothing materials. Additionally, a Toyota Starlet vehicle belonging to the insurgents was burnt during the fire fight.

3 BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS NEUTRALIZED BY TROOPS OF ARMY SUPER CAMP 21 NEW MARTE DURING CLEARANCE OPERATIONS TO BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MAILARI.
3 BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS NEUTRALIZED BY TROOPS OF ARMY SUPER CAMP 21 NEW MARTE DURING CLEARANCE OPERATIONS TO BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MAILARI.


5. Also on the same day, the combined troops of 242 Battalion, Sector 3 Quick Response Force and elements of Strong Response Area Gajiram while on fighting patrol encountered Boko Haram criminals mounted on 3 Gun Trucks at Jilgata in Nganzai LGA of Borno State. In the process, the gallant troops eliminated 5 of the terrorists and recovered 4 AK 47 Rifles. One Malam Hassan Bukar earlier abducted by the Boko Haram criminals was rescued while one Toyota Land Cruiser jeep was also recovered by the gallant troops.

6. The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commends the troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals and urges them to maintain the tempo as we approach the end of insurgency in the Country. Equally, the High Command of the Nigerian Military appreciates troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their unwavering commitment in the Theatre.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
17 June 2020

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Security: Kogi Responds as 11 Bandits Fell to Superior Firepower

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A group of bandits terrorizing some parts of Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State have met their waterloo as officers of the State Vigilante Group killed 11 of them and arrested others while 3 kidnapped victims were rescued successfully

According to information at the disposal of our reporters, Security operatives acting on intelligence, nabbed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Inspector Abdullahi Saidu who alongside a friend supplies the criminals with weapons and information to undertake their heinous crimes

The successful operation by the security operatives was carried out in series working with credible intelligence.

A source within the Kogi State Vigilante Service had this to say: ”Alaidi is their ring leader. He was killed during the first camp attack. Rabo and seven others were crushed. Madei and one other were killed in the second kidnappers’ camp while Umar escaped with gunshot injuries but was recaptured”.

They also confirmed that five of the kidnappers arrestsd, including the civil defense operative were in the custody of the Department of State Security for further investigations.

Reacting the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Muhammed Onogwu noted that such security success by the operatives was a welcome development and a proof that the security architecture of Kogi State was strong and solid enough to quash all forms of criminal vices

He opined that the Local Vigilantes across the state have continued to record good results because of the morale boost and support the Governor has continued to give as well as the cooperation from the citizens and synergy between the security operatives

Onogwu noted that the continued efforts of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country were so far yielding remarkable results noting that the Governor has severally made a commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements

He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to make efforts towards sustaining the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors.
In the same vein, security agencies are on the trail of kidnappers who were reported to have carried out attack on certain individuals in Kabba.
The State Government said it is in touch with security agencies and that the Governor already gave a marching order that those kidnapped must be rescued and the perpetrators apprehended.
A source within the Kogi State Security circles who doesn’t want his name in print said they are getting “encouraging headway” in their operations against the kidnappers.

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Kidnapped Major Dalung Found Dead

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The military officer Major Christopher Datong abducted on Tuesday at Nigerian Defence Academy, Afaka in Kaduna has been murdered.

According to reports, his body was found on Tuesday evening, hours after he was captured by bandits.

The abductors reportedly demanded N200 million to set him free.

Datong who was from Pankshin in Plateau state, was born 4 January, 1978.

One of the photographs circulating in the social media showed the officer with his pregnant wife.

The security breach of the Nigerian Defence Academy triggered shock across the nation , with people wondering if any one is really safe if bandits could operate so freely inside an elite military institution.

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Our Lives in Danger, Elders, Excos of Inikorogha Community Cries Out

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The elders and executive members of the Inikorogha Community have expressed fear over their lives and the plot to enslave the community and terminate the lives of prominent leaders.

The group made this known through a joint statement by Hon. Timi Robert, CDC Chairman and Mr. Robinson Ogidigba, Chairman Of Elders.

Part of the statement reads: “The good people of Inikorogha community have over a long period of time watched helplessly and with uttermost confusion, the unnecessary assault, persecution, harassment, indiscriminate arrests, and unlawful invasion of the inhabitants and territory of Inikorogha community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State by various security agencies.

” Our sons have been arrested on several occasions based on certain security reports that only exist in the mischievous imagination of Daniel Ezekiel Pere, Peres Ejune, Godstime Ogidigba, their Sponsors and supporters, and all the security agencies/personnel they are collaborating with in making sure they kill Robert Okubo and subject Inikorogha community to their rulership by proxy.

“It beats the imagination of any sane human being to the extent our security agencies have been manipulated by Peres Ejune, Godstime Ogidigba, and the insane social media noise maker Daniel Ezekiel Pere. The story of Robert Okubo being the person behind certain horrible killings and the instigation of the Ijaws against the Binis is not just ridiculous but a calculated attack and a well-hatched plan to bring him (Robert Okubo) to disrepute before the public and subsequently exterminate him. The only place this duplicity roguish rhetoric exist is in the dirty and dubious mental disposition of Daniel Ezekiel Pere, Godstime Ogidigba, and Peres Ejune, their supporters and sponsors, and their collaborators in the security agencies.

For the records, it is pertinent to categorically state here that Robert Okubo is a repentant militant who has sincerely embraced the federal government amnesty and has over the years remained a law-abiding resourceful indigene of Inikorogha community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State. Robert Okubo has proven beyond all shades of doubt through his words and actions that he embraced the federal government amnesty wholeheartedly and with all sincerity of purpose.

“It is a verifiable fact that Robert Okubo after embracing amnesty has been instrumental in maintaining law and order through diligent and honest collaborations with the security agencies, community leaders, and the government of Edo State during his time as SSA to the Governor of Edo State which brought about his elevation to Executive Director in Security and Marine Surveillance,”

The community leaders say it is expedient to bring to the knowledge of all security agencies in Edo State and the Niger Delta region the fact that Robert Okubo has absolutely no hands in the fight between Obazuwa and Ikoro communities in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

“Whatever he has been accused of in respect to the land dispute between the aforementioned communities only exists in the deluded and insane minds of Daniel Ezekiel Pere, Godstime Ogidigba, Peres Ejune, their sponsors, supporters, and collaborators. We wish to make known the truth that our illustrious son Robert Okubo has no hands whatever in any community clash anywhere in Edo State or other places of the Niger Delta region. If he is guilty of anything, he is guilty of doing good by helping the poor and elderly, creating Jobs for youths, and contributing through other significant ways to the peace and progress of Inikorogha community.

Inikorogha community has been subjected to several military raids and drone surveillance, all in futile efforts to find any evidence to pin down Robert Okubo and substantiate the lies of Daniel Ezekiel Pere. The continued inability of the military or any other security agency to find anything that criminalizes Robert Okubo after countless raids in his community and personal properties should have served as enough evidence to vindicate him from the malicious accusations of his detractors,” it further stated.

The statement added that Robert Okubo for the records has no militant group or camp anywhere within or outside Edo State.

“As a community, we wish to say that enough is enough. We call on the presidency and security chiefs through their representatives in Edo State to use their good offices and put to an end the continued harassment of Robert Okubo by people of questionable psychological dispositions and obvious criminal intentions,” it further stated.

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