"Know Something, Say Something, Be Assured Military will Do Something" - Military Harps for Intelligence Report Amongst Nigerians

The Defence Headquarters has tasked well-meaning Nigerians and residents of its six geopolitical zones to engage in intelligence report with security agencies especially with the military and continue to support the military and in deed stand with the military to flush out the perpetrators of these dastardly acts in the country. 'Together will can flush them out.'

Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba said this at the biweekly media briefing with Defence correspondents at⁰ the Defence Headquarters in Abuja added that troops will sustain the momentum in tackling the security challenges and shall continue to fight the perpetrators to submission

According to Major General Buba "in Nigeria of today, it is not enough “to see something and say something” as is popularly stated. There are more people that know things happening around them, than those who are waiting to see first before reporting. Consequently, "know something, say something and be assured the military will do something". That's how to flush them out from our midst".

Giving update of military on ongoing operations, Maj Gen Buba said troops of Operation HADIN KAI in North East conducted offensive operations in Konduga and Bama LGA of Borno State. A sting operation was also carried out within Maiduguri metropolis while air interdiction was conducted in Gwoza Local Government Area of the state.

"Surrendered of BH/ISWAP terrorist fighter. On 30 July 23, one ISWAP fighter identified as YAHAYA UMARU surrendered to troops with one AK 47 rifle and 2 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo. Accordingly, between 26 July and 1 August 2023, a total of 313 terrorists comprising 12 male adult, 138 female adult and 162 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre of operation.

"Air Interdiction. Air component of Operation HADIN KAI acquired target of terrorists gathering at a hideout in Wulade. The target was attacked with bombs and rockets, degrading the tterrorist"he added.

He said troops of Operation HADIN KAI within 2 weeks recovered; 2 AK47 rifles, 8 rounds of 7.62mm special, one motorcycle, 4 mobile phones, 5 litres of PMS, one axe and one knife. Troops also neutralized 9 terrorists and arrested 19. Troops arrested 6 terrorist collaborator/courier and rescued 12 hostages.

Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in North Central conducted fighting patrols and raids on criminal hideouts in Mangu and Barkin Ladi LGAs of Plateau and Katsina-Ala LGA in Benue States. Same was carried out in Jema’a Local Government Areas of Kaduna States. In the course of the operation, troops arrested criminal suspects including a kidnapper and recovered arms and ammunition.

On 26 Jul 23, troops raided Rugan Basiru Village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State and arrested 10 suspects. Troops also recovered 2 AK 47 rifles, 3 Dane guns, 15 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo and a pair of military uniform belonging to a dismissed soldier identified as Bashir Abass. Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the recovered AK 47 rifle belongs to the dismissed soldier who is at large with 2 terrorists members.

Arrest of Wanted Kidnapper. On 26 Jul, troops arrested a wanted kidnapper at Jagindi Village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The suspect was involved in the kidnap of a woman that was released after the payment of a Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00) ransom. Suspect is in troops’ custody for further action.

Arrest of Suspected Criminals. Between 27 and 28 July 23, troops arrested 3 suspected criminals in Bokkos and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas of Plateau and Benue State respectively.  In the course of operations, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN recovered 3 AK47 rifles, 3 dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one locally made gun, 23 rounds of 7.62mm special, one cartridge, 3 mobile phones, a pair of camouflage, jack knife. Also, troops arrested 10 suspects.

Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE in Northern Central neutralized terrorist and arrested some of their collaborators in Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State. Troops did same in Takum and Wukari Local Government Areas of Taraba State. Troops equally rescued kidnapped hostages and recovered arm and ammunition.In the course operations, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE recovered one pistol, 40 rounds of 7.62mm special, 4 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2 G3 magazines, one vehicle, one motorcycle, one mobile phone and a pair of black boots. Additionally, troops neutralized one terrorist, arrested 13 suspects and rescued 9 kidnapped hostages.

The operational activities of troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI North West resulted in the rescue of kidnapped hostages as well as the arrest of some terrorists in Jibia, Matazu and Funtua Local Government Areas all in Katsina State. Troops also, foiled attacks on farmer, conducted several air interdictions and recovered arms and ammunition in Maru and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.In the course operations, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI recovered one AK47 rifle, 4 AK47 rifle magazines, 2 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, one motorcycle and 80 livestock. Troops also rescued 20 kidnapped hostages.

Troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH in North West carried out fighting patrols to Chikun and Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna State. Accordingly, troops arrested a bandit collaborator/ logistician, rescued kidnapped hostages and recovered weapons and ammunitioThe air component of Operation WHIRL PUNCH conducted acquired target on terrorist camp at Hanawanka. The camp is a Boko Haram Terrorist camp in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. The terrorists were neutralized with bombs and rockets. The operation is one of several conducted by the air component.

In the course of operation, troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH neutralized 11 terrorists and recovered 2 fabricated rifle, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special, 3 motorcycles and 80 livestock. Troops also arrested 16 terrorist, logistic suppliers or collaborators an─Ěd rescued 2 kidnapped hostages.

Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE in South South sustained the momentum against the activities of crude oil theft. Troops destroyed several illegal refining sites.troops of Operation DELTA SAFE destroyed 61 dugout pits, 32 wooden boats, 87 storage tanks, one speedboat, 32 cooking ovens, 3 outboard engine, one generator, 2 pumping machines, 36 illegal refining sites. Troops also recovered 310,700 litres of stolen crude oil, 14,675 litres Automotive Gas Oil, 49,000 Dual Purpose Kerosine and 5 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and apprehended 15 perpetrators of oil theft.

Troops of Operation UDO KA in South East conducted raids on camps/hideouts of Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network gunmen at UMUNNEOCHI, Anambra West Local Government Area of Abia and at Mmiata Anam Forest in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Troops arrested a high-profile gunrunner within Onitsha general area in Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State, rescued kidnapped hostage and recovered arms and ammunition at Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

In the conduct of operations, troops of Operation UDO KA recovered one AK47 rifle loaded with 35 rounds of 7.62mm special, 6 pump action guns, one locally made pistol, one dane gun, one locally made hand grenade, 4 vehicles, 9 motorcycles, 925 machetes and 151 machetes sharpeners.

 Others are: 1,080 sickles, Nigerian Police uniforms and boots, Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network uniform, one speaker, rain coats and boots and a chain saw. Troops also apprehended 3 gunrunners and rescued 9 kidnapped hostages. All recovered items, arrested suspects and rescued hostages were handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

All operations resulted in neutralization of several terrorists, rescue mission of hostages, the arrest of terrorist collaborator, recovery of weapons and arrest of a notorious gang members. 


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