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Troops Kill 220 Bandits, Arrest 335 Suspected Marauders In Six Months

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The Nigerian Army, through its troops in the Operation Sahel Operation, neutralised a total number of 220 armed bandits during its operations between July and December, 2020 in the North-Western part of the country.

This was as the army operations led to the arrest of 335 suspected bandits, 326 illegal miners, 147 bandits informants and collaborators, 14 bandits arms suppliers, 24 rustled cattle marketers and 46 bandits logistics suppliers were arrested.

A total of 642 kidnapped victims were rescued by the valiant troops, including the rescued 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, just as the troops successfully foiled 165 bandit attacks and 81 kidnap attempts.

Similarly, a total of 7,761 cows, 1,867 sheep/rams and four camels were recovered and given back to the owners by troops within the period.

The Army Headquarters made the disclosures in a release issued on Wednesday on the general update on the activities of the Operation Sahel Sanity during the period under review.

According to the release, signed by the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, the army operation has been active be in combating the menace of armed banditry and other sundry crimes in the North-West since its commencement to date.

The Exercise Sahel Sanitu was flagged off by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on 6 July 2020 as part of activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2020, with the aim of reinforcing the existing Operation Hadarin Daki to effectively flush out bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other sundry criminals within the region.

“Since the flag off, the exercise which subsequently dovetailed into a real time operation, there is no doubt that significant improvements have been made in bringing peace and stability in the North-West region as evidenced in the massive resumption of socio-economic activities with little or no threats to lives and property.

“The gallant troops of Operation Sahel Sanity, within the period under review, carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes, farm and other aggressive confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara states.

“These have led to the neutralisation of armed bandits, capture of large cache of arms and ammunition, destruction of bandits enclaves, arrest of bandits informants and their collaborators, recovery of rustled animals and most importantly rescue of hundreds of kidnapped victims from the clutches of the notorious bandits.

“In all the operations, conducted from 1 July to 31 December 2020, a total of 220 armed bandits were neutralised during combat with the gallant troops of Operation Sahel Sanity.

“Additionally, 73 AK 47 rifles, one GPMG and 194 dane guns were captured from the criminals. Equally, 5,032 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 568 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition and 156 live cartridges were also captured by the troops.

“Furthermore, 197 bandits’ camps and hideouts, including the notorious Dangote Triangle and several bandits’ logistics bases, were destroyed by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity.

“Also, 335 suspected bandits, 326 illegal miners, 147 bandits informants and collaborators, 14 bandits arms suppliers, 24 rustled cattle marketers and 46 bandits logistics suppliers were arrested.

“Similarly, a total of 7,761 cows, 1,867 sheep/rams and four camels were recovered and given back to the owners by troops within the period.

It is also heartwarming to note that, a total of 642 kidnapped victims were rescued by the valiant troops, and this include the rescued 344 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara. Also within the period, the gallant troops successfully foiled 165 bandit attacks and 81 kidnap attempts,” the release stated.

The Nigerian Army Command attributed the successes achieved since the operation started to the sacrifice, commitment and gallantry exhibited by the professional soldiers of the Nigerian Army.

It also disclosed that some civil-military vooperation projects and activities were conducted to support some host communities within the operational area of Operation Sahel Sanity

These, according to the release, include distribution of palliatives to locals and renovations of medical facilities at Faskari and Kauran Namoda communities in Katsina and Zamfara states, respectively.

Others were the conduct of freeedical outreaches and distribution of palliatives to locals and flood victims at Koko-Besse and Bagudo Local Goverment Area of Kebbi State and payment of compensation to farmers whose farmlands were affected as a result of the ongoing operation and due to the expansion of the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari in Katsina State.

“It is pertinent to note that a few setbacks were recorded as a result of engagements with bandits during the conduct of operations within the period under review.

“Such are the regrettable loss of two officers and four brave soldiers who paid the supreme price in the cause of defending the dignity of our people.

“After diligent review of the numerous successes achieved so far and the need to finally eliminate all the remnant security challenges within the region, the Chief of Army Staff, during his last visit to Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari on 21 December, 2020, extended the duration of Operation Sahel Sanity to last till March 2021 in order to consolidate on the gains so far achieved,” the release added.

During the visit, Buratai urged the troops not to rest on their oars but continue to sustain the tempo of the operation and dominate the entire region with confidence building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations until the remnant bandits and other criminal elements are completely eliminated from the region.

The Nigerian Army Command commended the troops of Operation Sahel Sanity for their sacrifices, successes and professionalism exhibited within the period of operation.

It also appreciated the people of the North-West zone for their cooperation in providing timely information leading to the success of the operations and also encouraged them to continue to avail the troops with actionable information that would aid the desired goal of the operation.

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Troops Foil Boko Haram Attempts To Infiltrate Dikwa Town

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The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have decisively routed elements of Boko Haram Terrorists and their Islamic State of West Africa Province(ISWAP) counterpart who attempted to infiltrate and attack Dikwa town in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The terrorist groups who stormed the town in an unconfirmed number of gun trucks and motorcycles were visited with heavy bombardment and overwhelming firepower by troops of 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from other formations of the Nigerian Army and aided by air support of Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

The terrorists attempted to invade the town to loot food items and other logistics having got wind of the recent food distribution to residents of the town by the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.

They came in their droves through the Marte axis but could not gain access to the town due to the combat readiness of troops who were positioned there.

The terrorists subsequently lost initiative as they were cut off completely following the recent successful recapture of Marte town by the gallant troops.
In desperation and to scare off residents from returning to their homes, they planted series of landmines on the roads which were also detected and successfully detonated by troops.

Consequently, the Army Headquarters wishes to debunk the unsubstantiated reports on social media suggesting that the terrorists attacked UN Base in BORNO, trapping 25 Aid Workers as published by some outlets.

Those false and sensational reports are clearly aimed at stirring up tension in the region and diminishing the glaring efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency.

The COAS, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has commended the efforts of the gallant troops’ and the prompt response of the Air Task Force in providing air interdictions throughout the operation.

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Army Kill 8 Boko Haram Terrorists In Yobe, Borno

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The Nigerian Army says it’s troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East has killed 8 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Yobe state and Borno states.

The Army says its troops also destroyed several terrorist’s hideouts, gun trucks and recovered cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the terrorists.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Tuesday said the troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO has continued to degrade the Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals as they eliminate more Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists in their enclaves at Chindila town in Yobe State and Mayankari in Borno state respectively.

TURA TAKAIBANGO is a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole, set up to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the North East.

 Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter
Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter

Onyeuko said the troops had on 25 January 2021 at about 1pm, the gallant troops of 233 Bn located at Babangida on an aggressive clearance patrol made contact with Boko Haram criminals at Chindila village.

According to him, after the decisive encounter, the troops neutralized 5 Boko Haram terrorists while some escaped with gunshots wounds.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter
Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter

“Items recovered include; 3 x AK 47 Rifles, quantity 5 x Magazines,17 Rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The gallant troops are in pursuit of the enemies and have continued to dominate the general area” he said.

Onyeuko also disclosed that on 25 Jnauary 2021 at about 4pm troops of 151 Bn, 202 Bn and elements of Multinational Joint Task Force on fighting patrol made contact with some Boko Haram marauding criminals at Mayankari.

“In a swift and aggressive response, the troops engaged the terrorists with heavy gunfire and the process neutralized 3 Boko Haram criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds”.

Captured AK 47 rifles from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter
Captured AK 47 rifles from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter

“Items recovered include: 3 x AK 47 Rifles, 1 x Solar panel and 1 x Improvised Explosive Device making equipment. The troops thereafter destroyed their hideout after the encounter and exploiting the general area in search of the escaped criminals”.

Onyeuko commended the troops for their continued dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

He also assured the people of the determination of the military high command to finally rout the remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves.

Captured AK 47 magazines from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter
Captured AK 47 magazines from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter

Onyeuko encouraged the people to avail the troops with credible information that would help in the execution of the operation.

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Operation Tura Takaibango: 402 Special Forces Records Success Against Boko Haram Criminal, Capture Arms And Ammunition In Borno State

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Troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East continue to obliterate elements of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals with uncommon ferocity as they overrun Abbagajiri and Dusula towns in Damboa.

Captured communication items from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter

Latest encounter with the marauding Boko Haram criminals according to the acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, occurred by 0835hrs on 20 January 2021 at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State where the Gallant troops identified and encircled some Boko Haram criminals’ enclaves.

Captured Food stuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device materials and clothing’s among other items from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde

“The troops of 402 Special Forces Task Force Brigade led by the Commander engaged them with superior fire power resulting in high casualty on the terrorists.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State.

“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 5 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.

Captured grinding machine from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter

“Equipment captured from the criminals include; one Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankovyy(PKT) Gun, 3 AK 47 Rifles, 4 extra AK 47 Rifle magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine. Other items captured and destroyed includes food stuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials including the criminals’ hideouts and clothings among others.

Captured weapons from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State

“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East.” He said.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State

He commended the troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO for their dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

General Onyeuko further assured the entire populace of the North East region of the Nigerian Army’s renewed vigour and determination to crush the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone.

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