The Nigeria Army said troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with marauding BHT/ISWAP criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process between the 1-30 of June this year.
That the resilience of the troops being sustained across the North-East Theater of operation resulted to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on both men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.
The encounters according to the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, also led to the capture of assorted arms and large cache of ammunition including one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun.
Others include 3 Hand Grenades, 5 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. Also captured were 2 Boko Haram criminals’ flags.
In the same vein, one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period. Regrettably, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action and has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating.
John Equally said that, 4 BHT/ISWAP criminals including 2 women namely Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State.
Also, the troops arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu during a Jumaat prayer at Michika Central Mosque and one Boko Haram fighter captured in the aftermath of an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama LGA of Borno State.
Enenche reveled that the period under review also witnessed 4 surrenders by Boko Haram criminals. The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State.
Furthermore, the army media coordinator said it is equally heart-warming to note that, during the period, troops rescued 35 captives from the captivity of BHTs/ ISWAP criminals.
Amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male. The rescued children were promptly administered with Polio vaccine in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while the women were administered with First Aid as required.
Security: Kogi Responds as 11 Bandits Fell to Superior Firepower
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.
Kidnapped Major Dalung Found Dead
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.
Our Lives in Danger, Elders, Excos of Inikorogha Community Cries Out
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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