Army Arrests 33 Suspected Cultists, Armed Robbers In Plateau

The suspects being paraded in Jos on November 27, 2020.

 

A military special task force, Operation Safe Haven has arrested 33 suspects after conducting a series of raid operations on criminals and cultists’ hideouts in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Parading the suspects on Friday at the Operation Safe Haven Headquarters in Jos, the Commander of the Task Force, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the suspects were arrested at various locations within the metropolis where the activities of cultists have been on the rise in recent times.

According to him, the suspects have been tormenting the people in Terminus market, Rwang Pam street, Rochas building, Ahmadu Bello way and Agwan Rukuba all in in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

Similarly, personnel of the Task Force engaged a gang of armed robbers along with road Angul D- Maraban Jamma in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

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During the encounter, Okonkwo said one of the armed robbers was killed while others fled with gunshot wounds.

He explained that a locally fabricated pistol and some quantities of ammunition were recovered from the armed robbers in the course of the operation.

The Joint Security Outfit enjoined law-abiding citizens to continue providing timely information that will assist in getting rid of criminals in the state.

Army Kills 22 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recovers Weapons In Northeast

File photo of troops participating in the counterterrorism operation in the northeast.

 

Troops of Operation Fire Ball, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 22 Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria.

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday at the Army Special super Camp 1 Ngamdu, near Borno State.

He said while a large number of women and children were rescued unhurt between November 1 to 24, a terrorist who specialised in the manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was captured alive.

“Most importantly, a number of women and children hitherto held captive were rescued unhurt. In this regard, a total of 22 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists were neutralised while one terrorist Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was captured alive during one of our encounters with them,” he said.

“As a result of the aggressive and offensive actions carried out by the troops, several elements have been neutralised and large numbers of their equipment were captured including large quantities of their logistics consignments which were intercepted recently by our troops.

“Equally, the gallant troops courageously intercepted some Boko Haram criminals while attempting to collect ransom from the relations of the abducted victims leading to the decimation of the criminals and rescue of three women and two children.”

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The defence spokesman explained that large weapons such as gun trucks, anti-aircraft, General Purpose Machines among others were also recovered from the terrorists.

While assuring the residents of its determination to flush out the remnants of the terrorists, the Army said six soldiers injured in action and have been evacuated for treatment.

In a relative development, the “Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has knocked out an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) logistics base and neutralized several of their fighters in airstrikes conducted at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.”

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who confirmed this in a statement said: “the mission was executed on 22 November 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the location, with its makeshift structures camouflaged under dense vegetation, was being used by the terrorists as a hub for logistics items conveyed via the lake and its tributaries for onward transportation using trucks/ motorcycles.”

Reacting to the operation, the Military High Command commended the Air Task Force for their professionalism, urging “them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations in order to rid the Country of all terrorists’ elements.”

Lekki Shooting: Army Admits Live, Blank Bullets Were Taken To Protest Venue

A screenshot taken on November 21, 2020, showing the Lekki tollgate plaza moments before armed security men opened fire during the #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020.

 

The Nigerian Army has admitted that it took live and blank bullets to the Lekki tollgate in Lagos – the venue where #EndSARS protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against police brutality.

A representative of the army, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, stated this on Saturday when he appeared before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State government to look into the allegations of brutality by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other issues raised by the Nigerian youths.

General Taiwo, who is the Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, however, informed the panel and others present that the live rounds were not used on the protesters.

He insisted that 85 per cent of bullets the military officers took to the protest venue were blank.

The brigade commander explained that the live bullets were meant for military operations along the Eti-Osa corridor, stressing that they were not for #EndSARS protesters.

At the beginning of Saturday’s session, the chairman of the judicial panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, had called up the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to present the footage which captured the incident at the tollgate on October 20, to the watched by all parties, including the army.

Counsel to the #EndSARS victims, Adeshina Ogunlana, informed the panel that lawyers to all the parties present had agreed to watch the video from 5pm to 7:30pm of that day.

After they had finished viewing the footage, General Taiwo cross-examined by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika.

 

‘We Are Helpless’

Speaking about the initial denial of the army’s involvement in the shooting, the brigade commander noted that that was done because they did not have the facts of what transpired at the protest venue.

He explained that police stations had been sacked, policemen overrun, and there was already a breakdown of law and order, so the army had to step in.

General Taiwo stated that the army’s mission was not to clear protesters and they were on their way to carry out an exercise.

He claimed that when the army got to the Oriental Hotel in Lekki, some officers dismounted from their vehicles and were pelted and stoned.

According to the army representative, one Major Saheed got injured on the head and the exercise was led by two senior officers – Lieutenant Colonel S. O. Bello who is the Commanding Officer of 65 Division, and Brigadier General Francis Omata.

When asked by Adesina about the purpose of General Omata joining Lieutenant Colonel Bello at the operations, General Taiwo responded that it was operational.

(FILE) Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo gives his testimony before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on November 14, 2020.

 

The #EndSARS lawyer then proposed to show a video but the chairman of the judicial panel said it must be presented as evidence with a basis.

On his part, General Taiwo insisted that no one died in the Lekki shooting, except only those who fainted and they were revived.

He, however, agreed to a short clip in which someone said, “we are helpless” and showed another lying on the floor with blood.

Thereafter, Justice Okuwobi discharged General Taiwo from the panel.

Lekki Shooting: Soldiers Did Not Report Any Fatality, Army General Tells Judicial Panel

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry continued its sitting on Saturday with new information about the shooting at the Lekki tollgate uncovered.

While the session was ongoing, lawyers took turns to question the representative of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, on the role of the Force at the tollgate where peaceful #EndSARS protesters had gathered on October 20.

General Taiwo, who is the Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, confirmed that soldiers were at the venue of the protest.

He added that the soldiers were briefed before they were deployed to the scene and debriefed after the operation.


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When asked by a lawyer if there was any report of fatality when the soldiers were debriefed, the army representative said, “None”.

He told the panel that the soldiers did not just find their way to the protest ground, insisting that they acted on instruction allegedly prompted by the request of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom he said sought the intervention of the military.

Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo gives his testimony before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on November 14, 2020.

 

According to General Taiwo, there are four phases to be followed in the case of managing an internal security situation.

He explained that phases one, two, and three comprised observation, monitoring, training, and readiness for deployment of troops.

“Phase four is the actual deployment to hotspots, places that have problems, patrol, and things like that. We are currently in phase four,” the brigade commander said.

He added, “Before phase four is activated, the governor would have sought permission or made a few calls, or transmitted a letter to the President, or in this case, even to the Chief of Army Staff.

“The governor, indeed, called the Chief of Staff to the President.”

 

Who Gave The Order?

General Taiwo acknowledged that Governor Sanwo-Olu requested the military’s intervention, but did not instruct the soldiers to move to the scene of the protest.

He affirmed that the governor spoke with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Army.

The brigade commander stated that the governor had initially reached out to the Commander of 9 Brigade, but the military officer does not have the power to deploy troops in such a situation.

“The governor is involved in that decision,” he insisted.

 

General Taiwo also insisted that the soldiers fired only blank bullets containing gunpowder into the air and not directly at the #EndSARS protesters.

He claimed the army arrived at the scene some minutes after 4pm when the curfew was initially meant to take effect and they were at the plaza for about one hour 20 minutes.

“By the time the troops had reached where the cubicles are, I doubt if anybody (the plaza officials) would have been there,” the army representative told the judicial panel.

However, the lawyers could not conclude their questioning before the end of Saturday’s sitting.

The panel, thereafter, adjourned until Tuesday next week.

‘Bandits Have More Budget Than Nigerian Army’: Reps Asks FG For More Funding

Some members of the House of Representatives during plenary on April 28, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas, has asked the Federal to increase the funding for the Nigerian Army.

Namdas made this call on Friday during a visit to Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri at the Government House in Yenagoa, adding that bandits have more budget when compared to the Army.

He also lamented that the Army is overstretched and the low budgetary allocations are not helping to boost the fight against terrorism and other security challenges in the country.

“I can tell you on record that the appropriation we have been doing at the National Assembly is really too low for the Army,” he said.

“In 2020 budget, only 34 billion was meant for the capital component. Remember out of this 34 billion, only 50 per cent was implemented meaning only N17 billion was made available to the Nigerian Army for capital.

“That is to say N17 billion needed to procure arms, new vehicles, to build infrastructure, build barracks. In fact, even bandits have more budget than the Nigerian Army the way things are happening.

“If we are to prosecute this war and we are serious about it, we are to do more funding than the Army.”

Namdas’ remarks come a week after the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, called for an improved budgetary allocation to the Nigerian Army.

Ndume who visited the 8th Division Nigeria Army Headquarters Sokoto on November 4 said: “If you check the budget, what they have this year is about N120billion which is grossly inadequate at the time of war.”

“You can’t be in a state of war and you are budgeting less than one percent for the capital of the Nigerian Army.

“It is from that money they are supposed to go to their barracks, buy arms, repair their ammunitions. It doesn’t just add up.”

Army Redeploys 55 Soldiers From Battlefield After Five Years

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

Troops of the 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army have been relieved from the battlefield after serving in the Operation Lafiya Dole for several years.

Some of the combatants who heaved a sigh of relief on Monday following their redeployment from the battlefield had fought the counter-insurgency war in the North East for at least five years.

A mini de-induction ceremony was held in their honour at the Headquarters of the 7 Division in Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In his remarks, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, commended the soldiers for their outstanding performance.

He urged them to remain disciplined as they leave the war zone to reunite with their respective families and other members of the public.

According to Brigadier General Ibrahim, the battalion will be de-inducted further at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji, Kaduna State.

He, therefore, encouraged them to go on courses to improve their professionalism and chances of promotion in the service.

“When you go back, the way you will interact with the civil populace is different from what you have been doing fighting Boko Haram,” the GOC told the soldiers.

He added, “You must take into consideration attributes that we expect a soldier to have – discipline, integrity, respect for others, courage, and the rest.

“We don’t want you to go and start fighting people and say you have come from the North East.”

One of the major achievements recorded by troops of the 192 Battalion was their participation in the liberation of Gwoza, a town in southern Borno, five years ago.

Although it is not clear how many of them were originally posted to the North East, a total of 55 soldiers were debriefed.

Army Budgetary Allocation Grossly Inadequate To Fight War, Says Ali Ndume

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume

 

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume has called for an improved budgetary allocation to the Nigerian Army.

He made this call on Wednesday during a visit by members of the committee to 8th Division Nigeria Army Headquarters Sokoto.

“If you check the budget, what they have this year is about N120billion which is grossly inadequate at the time of war,” he said.

“You can’t be in a state of war and you are budgeting less than one percent for the capital of the Nigerian Army.

“It is from that money they are supposed to go to their barracks, buy arms, repair their ammunitions. It doesn’t just add up.”

Ndume said the visit was a fact-finding mission to all the military operations in the northwest region relating to banditry and other criminal elements as well as to find out how the division is spending previous budgetary allocation.

We Must Ensure Nigeria’s Democracy Remains Stable, Buratai Tells Army Officers, Soldiers

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has warned all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to ensure the nation’s democracy is not disrupted by any person or group.

This warning was issued on Monday in Abuja when the army chief met with Principal Staff Officers, General Officers Commanding, and field commanders of the force.

“General Buratai also said that this system of governance is a democracy, and we must all ensure that Nigeria’s democracy remains stable and steady,” said army spokesman, Sagir Musa, who briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting.

According to Musa, Buratai made it clear to the top officers that there will be no room for disloyalty among all officers and soldiers of the army.

He directed them to warn their subordinates that the Nigerian Army was determined to ensure democratic stability in the country as the only panacea for development and progress.

The army boss stated that the army would not allow any force, elements, or destabilising agents in or outside the country to set Nigeria on fire.

“We remain resolute in doing everything possible to ensure that subversive elements, detractors, and other enemies of this great nation do not have their aims and objectives of destabilisation,” the army spokesman said.

 

Buratai believes some criminally minded persons have hijacked the #EndSARS protest and are taking advantage of the demonstration to stir violence in the country.

He added that such persons which he described as detractors, alongside their local and international collaborators, have deliberately misrepresented troops’ efforts to ensure compliance with the curfew imposed by legitimate civil authorities in Lagos and other states as a result of the violence.

“These agitators are falsely accusing the army of being responsible for the activities of the miscreants despite glaring evidence to the contrary.

“They have continually threatened to report the army to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and also threatened various forms of sanctions against personnel and their families,” Musa told reporters at the briefing.

Security: Buratai Orders Top Army Commanders To Be On Alert

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Monday ordered top army commanders to be on alert amid the security situation in the country.

Buratai gave the order on Monday during a meeting at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

General Officers Commanding all the divisions of the Nigerian Army, commanders of the various army operations, unit commanders, commander, Guards Brigade, among other top officers were in attendance.

Addressing the top commanders and principal officers, Buratai said the order is necessary in order to deal decisively with any attack on their duty locations.

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He argued that the recent activities by some unscrupulous elements show their desire to acquire arms and ammunition at all cost from security personnel.

The army chief lamented that 10 AK-47 rifles have been lost to miscreants in the last two weeks across the country with attendant loss of lives of personnel.

According to him, there is no choice between a democratically united, strong and prosperous Nigeria and a nation disunited in a state of anarchy and retrogression.

Over the past few days, the nation has witnessed violence with some hoodlums attacking and vandalising public and private property.

Similarly, some Nigerians invaded warehouses and looted the place where COVID-19 palliatives were kept.

Also, looters attacked homes and property of individuals, including banks, shopping malls and small stores.

Army To Embark On Cyber Warfare Exercise Amid #EndSARS Protests

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A file photo of troops.

 

The Nigerian Army has announced plans to embark on cyber warfare exercises, amid ongoing protests to end police brutality in the country.

Although the force did not link the exercise to the #EndSARS demonstration, it explains that it is part of the annual Exercise Crocodile Smile which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.

According to him, this year’s edition of Exercise Crocodile Smile which is the sixth is scheduled to commence from October 20 to December 31, 2020.

Colonel Musa stressed that the exercise was deliberately intended to be all-encompassing to include cyber warfare operations.

The cyber warfare operation, he stated, was designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda on social media and across cyberspace.

“This is the first-ever cyber warfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces.

“Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations, especially in the North East, North Central, and North Western parts of Nigeria,” the statement said.

The army spokesman reassured all well-meaning Nigerians of the commitment of the force to the sustenance of peace and security in the country.

He also urged members of the public to show support and understanding throughout the period of the exercise.

A file photo of protesters at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

 

Youths across the country began the #ENDSARS protests more than a week while their number has since been increasing by the day as they spread to more locations.

While some political, traditional, and religious leaders have shown their support for the protesting youths, others urged them to sheath their swords.

The protesters have, however, insisted that they would not back down as their demands were beyond the call for an end to police brutality.

They are also calling for a total reform of the police and good governance, among other demands.

Troops Kill 869 Criminals, Rescue 321 Kidnap Victims In Three Months

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche absolves the military of sabotage as claimed by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have killed 869 criminals and rescued 321 kidnap victims.

The feat was achieved in various operations carried out within the last three months.

The Armed Forces through its spokesman, Major General John Enenche, disclosed that within the time under review (July 1 and September 30), the troops recovered 9,040,300 litres of stolen AGO and 33, 500.00 litres of DPK  during various clearance operations.

According to the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, 1,708 other criminals were arrested in connection with various crimes while a large cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered.

Major Enenche said the results from the theatres of operations within the time, confirm the military is winning the war from various operations within the third quarter of the year.

He was of the opinion that it is obvious that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is winning the war against the enemies of the country.

“The efforts and sacrifices of the gallant officers and men of the Military as well as other security agencies that conduct these operations have been progressive. It thus behooves on us to keep the Public abreast of our unrelenting and committed efforts in the various theatres of operation,” Major Enenche said.

Below is the full speech by the military spokesman.

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THIRD QUARTER SCORECARD ON THE ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA’S OPERATIONS (JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2020)

1. As you are aware, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have been involved in different operations across the country. The efforts and sacrifices of the gallant officers and men of the Military as well as other security agencies that conducts these operations has been progressive.

It thus behooves on us to keep the public abreast of our unrelenting and committed efforts in the various theatres of operation. Hence, the need for this third quarter scorecard, to give the general public a succinct outlook of our performance between July and September 2020.

This would give a better perspective of the cumulative results of the operational activities and achievements of the Military operating with sister security agencies in the various theatres of operation, across the geopolitical zones of the Country.

2. Within the period under review, troops engaged in series of land, maritime and air operations, involving both kinetic and non-kinetic activities across the country in major and subsidiary operations.

The land operations conducted among others across the various theatres of operation include; clearance, ambush, raid, picketing, cordon and search operations as well as artillery bombardments and aggressive patrols. Others were maritime operations involving anti-piracy, anti-illegal bunkering, anti-crude oil theft and anti-pipeline vandalism operations as well as other duties such as anti-smuggling operations.

Furthermore, comprehensive air operations including air patrols, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions, offensive air strikes, air interdictions, search and rescue operations as well as close air support and air cover for ground troops. These operations resulted in the deletion of several terrorists and bandits, inhibition of activities of economic saboteurs as well as exposures and obviation of other criminal activities.

3. In all these efforts, some of our troops paid the supreme prize. However, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have consistently exhibited gallantry and resilience in the various operations.

Just as evidenced in our press releases and weekly briefings, during the period, scores of terrorists and bandits have been neutralized, others incapacitated and their camps destroyed through ground, maritime and air operations.

In addition, several criminal elements, including high profile members were killed in action while others arrested, sometimes together with their families as well as informants and gunrunners. Besides, there are records of scores of them surrendering to troops due to overwhelming superior firepower.

Other feats recorded in the course of our operations were the rescue of kidnapped victims, repel and forestallment of terrorists attack on civilians and troops as well as recovery of caches of arms and ammunition, equipment and vehicles and oodles of livestock.

You may also recall that, in the maritime environment, troops in major and subsidiary operations were able to disrupt smuggling activities, deactivate illegal refining sites, arrest perpetrators, seize foreign parboiled rice and recover tons of petroleum products.

4. In the North-West zone of the country, between 1 July and 30 September 2020, a total of 3,829 livestock, 6,830 rounds of ammunition and 93 assorted rifles were recovered from the armed bandits by the gallant troops in the zone.

Furthermore, within the period under review, a total of 91 kidnapped victims were rescued and 312 armed bandits were killed in action. In the same vein, a total of 391 arrests were made in the zone including high profile armed bandits, gun runners and bandit’s collaborators.

A total cash of Four Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N4,800.000.00) was recovered from armed bandit’s informants in the zone.

5. Meanwhile, in the North-East zone of the country within the period, 66 kidnapped victims were rescued by the gallant troops of operation LAFIYA DOLE.

Also, a total of 285 rounds of ammunition as well as 84 assorted rifles were recovered from the BHT/ISWAP fighters. Similarly, a total of 450 insurgents/terrorists including commanders were killed by the troops.

Additionally, 10 gun trucks as well as 38 grenades were recovered. Also, within the period a total of 53 arrests were made including high value targets.

6. In the North-Central zone of the country, within the period, troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN, WHIRL STROKE and THUNDER STRIKE have achieved appreciable successes. A total of 116 kidnapped victims were rescued. Furthermore, troops neutralized a total of 107 armed bandits including militia gang leaders.

In the same vein, 84 assorted rifles as well as 385 rounds of ammunition were recovered from armed bandits and other criminal elements in the zone. Similarly, a total of 1,136 criminals including family members of the Darul Salam sect were arrested within the period in the North-Central zone.

7 In the South-South zone, the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies have continued to record tremendous successes against economic sabotage and other sundry crimes in the zone.

Within the period under review, a cumulative total of Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety, Three Hundred (8,890,300) litres of stolen Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Thirty Three Thousand Five Hundred (33,500.00) litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) were impounded by troops of Operation DELTA SAFE.

In the same vein, the gallant troops immobilized a total of 70 illegal refining sites, 66 dug out pits and 134 metal storage tanks within the period.

Troops also, impounded a cumulative total of Twenty Six Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Two (26,772) barrels of stolen crude oil from oil thieves in the zone. Additionally, a total of Three Hundred and Thirty One, One Hundred and Seven Thousand (331,107) litres of product suspected to be stolen Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was recovered.

Troops also impounded 263 drums of stolen PMS within the period. A total of 18 kidnapped victims were rescued while 46 arrests were made. Furthermore, a total of 2,647 bags of 50 kg foreign parboiled smuggled rice were impounded and 27 boats engaged in illegal activities were arrested.

Troops also arrested a total of 46 pirates, 11 trucks and recovered 10 rifles and 60 rounds of ammunition, this is in addition to 15 sea pirate camps that were destroyed.

8. Equally, troops of Operation AWATSE in the South-West zone have continued with the fight against pipeline vandals and economic saboteurs with attendant successes. Between 1 July and 30 September 2020, troops of Operation AWATSE have impounded a total of Three Hundred and Eighty Three Thousand, Six Hundred (383,600) litres of PMS and Ten Thousand Three Hundred and Forty Five (10,345) barrels of stolen crude oil. Additionally, a total of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand (150,000) litres of stolen AGO was recovered within the period.

Troops also, recovered a total of 3,594 rounds of ammunition as well as 14 assorted rifles. Also, within the period, a total of 30 kidnapped victims were rescued, 36 arrests were made and 18 illegal refining sites were immobilized. In the same vein, a total of 5 boats and 5 trucks engaged in illegal activities were arrested within the period.

9. In addition to the kinetic operations, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have carried out non-kinetic operations in form of Civil Military Cooperation Activities (CIMIC).

A total of 81 boreholes were sunk for host communities across the country. Equally, a total of 14 schools were renovated. Additionally, 14 clinics and dispensaries were constructed and donated to host communities as well as renovation of 2 worship centres.

Furthermore, 2 buses were donated to some host communities. Additionally, the Armed Forces of Nigeria constructed road, installed transformer and solar power equipment in some host communities.

The military also fostered several stakeholders and reconciliation meetings between hostile communities and carried out medical outreaches.

10. In summary, the Armed Forces of Nigeria from 1 July to 30 September 2020 neutralized 869 criminal elements and rescued 321 kidnapped victims across the country.

Furthermore, a cumulative total of Nine Million, Forty Thousand, Three Hundred (9,040,300) litres of stolen AGO and Thirty Three Thousand Five Hundred (33, 500.00) litres of DPK were recovered.

A total of 1,708 arrests were made as well as recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition. Also, a cumulative total of Thirty Seven Thousand One Hundred and Seventeen (37,117) barrels of stolen crude oil was recovered. Additionally, a cumulative total of Nine Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seven Thousand (914,707) litres of stolen PMS was recovered.

11. From our operations within the third quarter of this year, it is obvious that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is winning the war against the enemies of our great country. Consequently, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain resolute and highly committed to this cause.

It will sustain the offensive and will not relent until peace is restored to every troubled zone of Nigeria. The general public is also assured of the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to protect our economic assets.

The High Command of the Nigerian Military wishes to thank the general public for their support and further solicit their cooperation towards providing credible and timely information that will facilitate proactive engagements in our operations.

12. The third quarter performance of operations conducted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies is a show of our commitment, synergy and determination to lay down our lives to protect our great Nation.

The gallant troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and operatives of other security agencies will sustain the tempo against the enemies of our dear Nation.

The Military High Command commends all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their resilience, doggedness and commitment.

Troops are further encouraged to remain resolute and decisive in securing the country.

The general public is thus encouraged to continue to support the gallant troops by providing credible intelligence to the troops operating within their localities.

Thank you.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters

Wase Condemns Boko Haram Attack On Zulum’s Convoy

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ahmed Idris Wase, has described as unfortunate the attacks on the convoy of the governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

The governor’s convoy was reported to have been attacked by the insurgents during the weekend on his way to Baga, a town in the state, during which some security operatives were killed.

In a statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Mohammad Puma, the Deputy Speaker said the attacks and resultant deaths are painful, condemnable, and highly unpardonable.


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The statement quoted him as saying: “I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Governor of Borno State, His Excellency, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, over the unfortunate attack on his convoy last Friday by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on his way to Baga Town, which led to the death of several soldiers and policemen attached to him.

“My sympathies are with the families who lost their loved ones in this callous act.
I also wish to condole with the Nigerian Army and also to the family of Col. Dahiru Bako who was ambushed on September 20, while leading his troops on clearance at Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis in Damboa Local Government Area of the state.

“I pray that the Almighty Allah will accept the souls of all those who lost their lives in these unfortunate incidents. May Allah grant their families the fortitude to bear their untimely deaths.”

Wase further commended Governor Zulum for his bravery and courage in the face of the insurgency, and also the gallant soldiers and security personnel who confronted the attackers.

“My prayers are with all the military men and security personnel who are in the trenches fighting against the insurgents.
May Allah grants us victory,” he said.