Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) continue to discharge their constitutional mandate with higher sense of professionalism and responsiveness across the theatre of operations. In their unrelenting work to clear main routes of Boko Haram criminals’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for protected commuting by citizens in the North East, troops of 27 Activity Force Brigade Garrison in conjunction with Explosive Ordnance Devices (EOD) Group found and safely detonated three big IEDs along Buni Gari-Kamuya Road, linking Borno and Yobe States. The IEDs had been believed to have been planted by retreating Boko Haram criminals. In a related operation, troops of 153 Activity Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Nigerian Army Unique Forces and components of Civilian Joint Activity Force(CJTF) supported by Air Activity Force (ATF) Operation LAFIYA DOLE encountered a pocket of Boko Haram criminals at Kerenoa, Marte LGA of Borno State. The visibly shocked insurgents fled their enclave on sighting the robust advancing troops, abandoning 1 Basic Objective Machine Gun (GPMG) as they scamper in disarray.
In an additional improvement, following credible information and facts of suspected cult activities, troops of Operation MESA in Plateau State arrested four suspected cultists named Anayo Basil, Dadok Jeremiah, Sani Sale and Miss Mary Effiong at Jos University Teaching Hospital in Jos East LGA of Plateau State. Very same troops also raided a suspected drug peddlers’ hideout at Richa Village of Bokkos LGA of Plateau State and arrested 1 Joe Agai a notorious drug peddler with a big quantity of substance believed to be Cannabis Sativa, a locally fabricated pistol and 1 reside cartridge. One more notorious drug dealer, Benjamin Jumbo was arrested by troops of 146 Battalion (Principal) in Bonny Island, Rivers State with a 50 Kg sack containing substance believed to be Cannabis Sativa. Moreover, a notorious Tarok Militia gang leader, Shehu Jatau and five of his accomplices had been also trailed and arrested in a hotel at Central Region Abuja. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had been extremely active in the unfortunate Plateau crisis that lead to the lives of citizens and destruction of properties worth billions of naira. On the other hand, with the return of peace in the state, the criminal gang resorted to kidnapping, extortion and unleashing unprecedented carnage on innocent residents.
Additionally, troops of two Battalion, when on a routine patrol in between Polewire and Gayam Villages in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, rescued 7 kidnapped victims from a group of bandits in the early hours of Tuesday 29th October 2019. On sighting the approaching troops, the bandits abandoned their victims and escaped into the nearby forest. On the other hand, the rescued victims who had been initially travelling from Pandogari in Niger State to Kano had been escorted out of the region and continued with their journey. Relatedly, troops of eight Division, when conducting clearance operation against bandits at Mai Yashi Village of Isah LGA of Sokoto State, rescued two kidnapped victims namely Shamsudeen Bisharawa and Sadiq Mustapha from their abductors.
Similarly, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade encountered a group of bandits at Ungwan Shai Neighborhood in Wushishi LGA of Niger State who are believed to be terrorising the neighborhood. In a short fire fight, 1 of the bandits was neutralized when other individuals are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds. In a associated improvement, troops of three Brigade deployed at Falgore in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State, acting on credible information and facts performed a profitable Cordon and Search Operation at Tudun Wada which led to the arrest of 1 of the most wanted kidnappers inside the region, Umaru Abubakar Kaduwa operating along the Kano – Kaduna Highway.
In the Niger Delta area, troops continue to frustrate the activities of financial saboteurs by scaling up the tempo of operations against illegal oil bunkering, illegal oil refining and oil theft. Involving 28 – 31 October 2019, the unrelenting troops arrested 18 suspects, destroyed three Illegal oil refining camps, 35 Cotonuo boats, three big storage reservoirs, 7 metal storage tanks and arrested 10 autos like two trucks involved in the illicit act.
The Chief of Army Employees (COAS), Lieutenant Basic Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to thank all properly-which means Nigerians for their continued assistance and goodwill towards the Officers and males of the Nigerian Army. All law-abiding citizens are requested to go about their lawful organizations without having worry of molestation and intimidation.
Colonel AMINU ILIYASU*
Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator
two November 2019