According to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), the operations conducted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the past week have resulted in the elimination of more than 180 terrorists, the arrest of 204 individuals, and the rescue of 234 kidnapped victims.
In a statement released on Friday, Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, highlighted that the operations involved both land and air interdictions across various theatres of operation.
During these operations, the troops recovered 46 assorted weapons and 148 rounds of ammunition. The seized weapons include 30 AK-47 rifles, two Josef Magnum pump-action guns, one double-barrel gun, and two single-barrel guns. Additionally, 12 locally-made pistols, 13 Dane guns, one hand grenade, nine locally-made rifles, three RPG chargers, two locally-made hand grenades, and 120 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition were recovered.
Other items recovered by the troops include 364 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 54 live cartridges, 11 empty cases of 7.62mm special ammunition, 32 magazines, 34 vehicles, 64 mobile phones, 47 motorcycles, and N1.5 million, among other items.
In the North East region, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai eliminated 19 terrorists, arrested 52 individuals, and successfully rescued 134 kidnapped victims. The troops also recovered six AK-47 rifles, 58 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, seven live cartridges, three vehicles, eight mobile phones, three motorcycles, one bicycle, and two camouflage magazine carrier jackets.
Furthermore, the troops conducted fighting patrols in various local government areas, such as Chibok, Kukawa, Bama, and Gwoza in Borno State, and Gulani in Yobe State. Several suspected ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists were arrested, and operations were carried out to detect and detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Monguno, Mafa, and Gwoza local government areas.
In the North Central region, troops from Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralized a number of terrorists through land and air offensives, destroying their enclaves in Niger, Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states. Notably, an air interdiction operation was conducted on November 26, targeting the terrorist kingpin Ali Kawaje’s enclave in Dagam, Niger State, resulting in the elimination of several terrorists and the destruction of their structures.
In the North West region, troops from Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch carried out successful land and air offensives in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states. The air component conducted an air interdiction operation on November 25, neutralizing several terrorists in a bandits’ enclave in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Overall, the operations led to the neutralization of 14 terrorists, the arrest of 20 terrorists, and the rescue of 88 hostages in land operations conducted by Operation Hadarin Daji. Operation Whirl Punch also made significant progress, arresting a gunrunner in Kaduna and apprehending criminals in the Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The troops raided criminal hideouts in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT, Abuja, and conducted offensive operations in the Abaji and Kuje Area Councils. As a result, four terrorists were neutralized, four suspected terrorists were arrested, and two hostages were rescued by troops from Operation Whirl Punch.