At a biweekly briefing conducted by the Directorate of Defense Media Operations, it was stated that troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have killed 63 terrorists. The Defense Spokesman, Major General Musa Danmadami, said that in the past two weeks, the troops have conducted kinetic and non-kinetic operations with record of significant results. Troops of the Joint Task Force Operation HADIN KAI, in the north-east zone made an aggressive posture against the Boko Haram terrorists, the Islamic State of West Africa Province Terrorists and other terrorist groups.
Between May 18 and June 1 2023, troops carried out many offensive operations for identification of terrorists’ hideouts, camps, forest, enclaves and villages. During these operations, contact was made with terrorists which led to a fierce firefight that killed 25 Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State of West Africa Province Terrorists, retrieving a 7 Ak47 rifles, 1 AK56 rifle, 1 pump action, two locally made pistols, 1 locally made grenade, 100 rounds of 7.56mm ammo, 2 K2 assault rifles, 2 Hilux and many other weapons.
26 terrorists were neutralized in Gubio LGA, Borno State.
On May 23, 2023, the armed forces carried out a cordon and search operation at a suspected hideout of criminals at Kasuwan Fara in Borno State. 52 suspected criminals were arrested during the operations. Also, between May 19 and 31, 2023, there was an interception and arrest of 12 Terrorist logistics supplier at various locations. Recovered items 200 liters of automotive gas oil, 50 liters of diesel, 4 litres of groundnuts, 3 packs of mosquito coils, 105 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, sacks of foodstuff, 4 mosquito sprays, the sum of N911,320 and other sundry items.
Also, on May 18, 2023, troops arrested 3 suspects while responding to distress on robbery activity at Fulatari Village Gubio LGA of Borno State. They recovered 3 mobile phones, 1 cutlass, the sum of N12,485.00, 1 locally made pistol, 2 knives, 1 torchlight, among other things. Within the weeks being reviewed North East Zone troops recovered many weapons which included large quantities of materials needed to make an improvised explosive device. They also neutralized 26 Boko Haram terrorists, and Islamic State of West Africa Province Terrorists, and one suicide bomber.
Appropriate authority conducts further action on suspected criminals.
According to Major General Danmadami, all retrieved items, arrested suspected criminals and rescued abducted civilians, have been left into the hands of appropriate authority for further action. Surrendered terrorists and members of their families have also been profiled and documented for subsequent actions. Troops in the North West Zone continued relentlessly to put an end to terrorism, banditry and other criminal activities in that part of the country. They have carried out operational activities at villages, towns, and forest in Anka, Maradun, and Shinkafi LGAs of Zamfara state, and other areas of Katsina State.
In the South South Zone, operations DELTA SAFE troops keep fighting the war against oil theft, illegal refineries, and other criminalities in South South region. During a patrol on May 18, 2023, troops arrested a suspected infamous cultist and armed robber said to be a member of ICELAND Confraternity at Ikot Andem Community in Akwa Ibom State. The suspect was said to have been terrorizing the community and its environs. On the same day, a suspected drug baron hideout was raided, with 4 suspects arrested and recovery of 100 wraps of substances, likely to be marijuana.
NDLEA and troops raid hideouts in Lagos and Ogun States.
Additionally, on May 25, 2023, following the trace of human intelligence, troops stormed a kidnapper hideout in Abia State, arresting 2 suspected kidnappers and recovering 1 motorcycle. On May 24, 2023, a suspected drug peddlers hideout was raided by troops alongside The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Abeokuta South LGA of Ogun State. Also, in Eti-Osa LGA of Lagos State, troops and NDLEA raided a suspected criminal’s hideouts, arresting 11 suspects, and recovering 2 bottles of Codeine, 13.5gm of Tramadol, and 186 grams of a Cannabis-like substance.