“The raid and rescue operation was carried out based on credible information on the hideout of the kidnapping syndicate at Abia Palm,” the statement read.
“During the operation, the leader of the kidnapping syndicate simply identified as Jeam Nas escaped with an AK 47 rifle.
“While two other members of the syndicate, Imo Nkwo, aged 23 and Thankgod Ezekiel, aged 24, who attempted to escape were immobilized and arrested and their camp set ablaze.”
According to him, the bus conveying the victims was hijacked by the kidnappers on its way to Ikot Ekpene from Port Harcourt on Sept. 23.
Akari stated that the rescued victims, exhibits and arrested kidnappers had been handed over to the Police for further action.
Assuring that effort was on to apprehend the fleeing gang leader, he asked members of the public to support security agencies in the state with timely information on the activities of kidnappers and other criminals for prompt action.
Meanwhile, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have thwarted an attack on the Ortese Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the Guma Local Government Area of the state.
Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Kevin Aligbe, disclosed this to Channels Television in an interview, saying the troops killed the herdsmen in the counter-offensive operation.
According to the Commander, a soldier who was involved in the operation slumped and died at the hospital.
“We got information about these people (terrorists) planning to attack Ortese, Nkohol and two other locations in Guma LGA on Tuesday night; and we quickly deployed that night and reinforced the places yesterday morning,” he said.
“My troops noticed where those guys were hibernating in the bush and went after them. Of course, they made contact with them. They saw them carrying their casualties and running into the bush. Coming back, one of our soldiers just slumped, he was not shot.
“He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. We are still maintaining the trend in that axis and that is why you have not heard about any attack. We were still in Human when we heard about the Logo attack.
“The pattern of settlement of the people too is not helping us. But our troops are managing the situation in Logo. Some things had been happening around that area before now which made us conduct a weeklong operation there about two weeks ago. Even my Sector Commander had to move to the area.
“If you notice, these terrorists have killed between the to four people every three to four days. So, we needed to just clear that side. Before you know it, you will just hear that they have attacked and run away. The pattern of settlement is not also helping matters too. They go to isolated areas where they know that security is not near and they kill innocent farmers and other innocent people.”
Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralised several bandits and dislodged their camps in Kaduna State.
Authorities in the state confirmed that the security operatives, during the clearance operations conducted across some locations in Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas of Kaduna, also rescued 10 hostages held captive by the terrorists.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, said the troops killed an unspecified number of bandits while clearing out insurgents and bandits’ camps at Apewohe in Chikun Local Government Area.
Aruwan explained that the operation extended to Dakwala and Kunai hills, also located in Chikun Local Government Area where more hideouts were cleared, although he said no contact was made with the bandits.
In another operation, he said the security operatives dislodged a camp at Daban Lawal Kwalba in Igabi Local Government Area after they overpowered heavily armed bandits guarding hostages there.
Upon clearing out the bandits, the commissioner said the troops stormed the hideouts and rescued 10 persons who were chained and bound with ropes.
According to him, the soldiers who came under further attack in the thick forest successfully evacuated the hostages to a military facility where they received medical attention before being reunited with their families.
Aruwan stated that a terrorists’ camp was also cleared at Rafin Gwaska in Igabi Local Government Area, where several weapons were recovered.
He listed some of the weapons recovered by the troops to include three locally made rifles, one AK-47 magazine, one AK-47 top cover, four Bafoeng radio chargers, and 11 mobile phones, among others.
In his reaction, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State commended the troops for the rescue of the 10 hostages.
He also praised the soldiers for the relentless spirit displayed in the ongoing operations and encouraged them to sustain the efforts to ultimate victory.
Authorities of the army say troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the last two weeks neutralised 52 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province fighters and arrested 14 terrorists.
The feat was attained following operational activities at the fringes of various villages and communities in Kukawa, Dikwa, Bama, Kaga, Monguno, Guzamala, Konduga, Gwoza and Mafa Local Government Areas all in Borno State as well as Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Defence spokesperson, Major General Musa Danmadami, disclosed this on Thursday at a briefing regarding on the operational activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Security agencies from the various operational theatres across the 6 geopolitical zones of the country.
The highlights of the brief covered the period from the 25th of August to the 8th of September 2022.
General Danmadami said the troops also, recovered 2 unexploded grenade, 12 AK47 rifles, 3 FN rifles, 5 AK47 magazine, 1 automatic grenade launcher, 1 hand grenade, 1 AP mine, 86 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one motorcycle, 16 bows and arrows, 7 bicycles and 10 mobile phones.
Furthermore, the soldiers rescued 3 abducted Chibok girls named Jinkai Yama, Falmata Lawal and Asabe Ali who were on serial 3, 20 and 24 of the abducted Chibok girls list. They were rescued at different locations with their children and 19 other abductees.
Also, a suspected foreign logistic supplier and arms dealer to the Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province named Mallam Abatcha Bukar was equally arrested with assorted injections, 2 Automated Teller Machine Cards and the sum of N294,520.00 only.
In a related development, on the 3rd of September 2022, the land and air component of Operation HADIN KAI in a coordinated attack on identified terrorist enclaves at Gabchari in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State dealt a deadly blow on the terrorists, as their enclaves were bombarded.
The air strike according to the military spokesman, resulted in the neutralization of a large number of the insurgents, while the land component mopped up the fleeing terrorists.
Feedback from various sources, revealed that over 200 terrorists were neutralized, including 5 high profiled Commanders.
Equally, a total of 556 suspected Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families, comprised of 115 Adult males, 189 females and 252 children, surrendered to own troops at different locations.
General Danmadami who is the Director Defence Media Operations disclosed that all arrested suspects and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authority while the surrendered terrorists and their families are being profiled for further action.
Similarly, the tactical surveillance troops of Operation Safe Haven arrested a Boko Haram informant named Mamuda Usman (aka Bado) in Asokoro, the Federal Capital Territory.
It was revealed that the suspect ran errands for a suspected high profiled Boko Haram Terrorist Commander in Kaduna, who is on the tracking list of security agencies. The arrested suspect is in custody for further action.
On the same day, troops on clearance operations responded to distress call on a kidnapping incidents at Changal village in Mangu Local Government Area and Pinau village in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Consequently, troops trailed and rescued the kidnapped victims from their abductors while the kidnappers fled on sighting the troops.
In a related development, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on patrol, responded swiftly to two separate kidnapping incidents at ChaChangi village in Takun Local Government Area and Rafin Kada village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Consequently, troops embarked on rescue operation and exchanged fire with the bandit and arrested Mr Alex Apera aged 26 years and Mr Umaru Halilu aged 34 years. All arrest and rescued victims were handed over to the relevant authority for further action.
In the Northwestern zone, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji are said to have continued to intensify offensive action against terrorist activities in the region.
The security operatives carried out several operations, including rescue operation as well as clearance operations, ambushes, raids and patrols. These operations led to the arrest and neutralization of terrorist and other criminal elements.
Notably, on 3rd September 2022, troops responded to distressed call on terrorists activities at Kurar Mota in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, during the encounter troop neutralized 3 of the terrorists while others fled with gun wound.
One of the neutralized terrorists was identified as Dan Nijar Bala, a notorious terrorists who has been on the wanted list of troops and noted for series of kidnapping incidents and attacks in the general area.
In the same vein, the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji have continued to sustain and maintain their onslaught on terrorists in their hideout, enclaves and camps at different locations in the North West.
Remarkably, on 30 August 2022 an air interdictions operation was carried out at Alhaji Isiaka village, Kuduru in Igabi Local Government Area and Udawa along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road in kaduna State. Consequently, air bombardment was carried out at those locations and feedback of the airstrikes from the 2 locations revealed that several terrorists were neutralized with several others injured.
Also, troops arrested a suspected Boko Haram Terrorist arm dealers named Hamza Dogo in Zamfara. Item recovered from the suspect include; 2 AK47 rifles, 8 magazines, 200 rounds of 7.62mm and 1 Pontiac vehicle. Consequently, within the week under review, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI neutralized 17 terrorists, arrested 38 suspected terrorists, rescued 61 civilians, recovered 10 AK47 rifles, 3 locally made guns, 4 fabricated revolver rifles, 253 rounds of 7.62mm special, 68 motorcycles, 15 mobile phones, 3 woodland camouflages, 1 police uniform, 2 pairs of combat boots, 29 rustled cattle and 2 vehicles.
Authorities in the army say all recovered items, apprehended suspects and rescued civilians has been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.
Although Nwachukwu could not confirm the total number of bandits that ran into the troops, he, however, stated that the development is in the army’s renewed efforts to wipe out banditry and terrorism in the north-western region.
Items recovered from the criminals include two AK 47 rifles, nine magazines, seven Baofeng communication radios, one Tecno mobile phone, 120 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, one power generator and a motorcycle.
“The dogged and highly motivated troops, while on a fighting patrol, came in contact with an unconfirmed number of bandits,” the statement read.
“The troops in the ensuing shoot out, eliminated 3 of the terrorists and recovered two AK 47 rifles, nine magazines, seven Baofeng communication radios, one Tecno mobile phone, 120 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, one power generator and a motorcycle.
Reacting, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya commended the troops for their gallantry and urged them not to relent until banditry is eradicated in the region.
Similarly, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja asked all law-abiding citizens to continue to support the troops and other security agencies with credible and actionable information.
The information, Lagbaja stated, would assist the troops in their operations against the criminal elements.
Kaduna is one of the states worst hit by banditry who have unleashed several attacks, killing people while kidnapping several others.
“In the firefight that ensued during the engagements, the patrol team overpowered the bandits with superior firepower neutralizing, one of them, while three others were captured alive, as some of the criminal elements escaped with gunshot wounds,” the army spokesman said.
“A fighting patrol led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja accompanied by a team of Operational commanders and operatives have cleared bandits in Buruku, Udawa, Manini, Birnin Gwari, Doka, Maganda, Kuyello and Dogon Dawa communities in Kaduna state, while on a fighting patrol on Monday 29 August 2022.”
Items recovered from the bandits include one AK-47 rifle, 27 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and 18 motorcycles.
The army spokesman also urged members of the public, particularly health facilities and paramedics to watch out for persons who may be seeking medical attention for gunshot wounds.
Should they see any person with gunshot injuries, Nwachukwu asked healthcare facilities to please report to relevant security agencies.
The army has said it will investigate after two soldiers were reportedly arrested over the murder of an Islamic cleric in Yobe State, Sheikh Goni Gashua.
According to a statement signed by army spokesperson Kennedy Anyanwu, the army is already in touch with the Yobe State Police Command to unravel the identity of the “suspected soldiers.”
“Additionally, the Sector has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.
“At the end of the investigation, the soldiers will be made to face the full wrath of both military and civil laws.
“This incident is highly regrettable given the Sectors disposition and zero tolerance on violation of Code of Conduct and Rules of engagement for troops.
“Consequently, the Sector wishes to commiserate with the family of the victim and the good people of Yobe State and promise that justice would be served accordingly.”
Channels Television had reported the killing of Sheikh Goni Aisami-Gashua on Saturday.
The cleric was said to be travelling from Gashua to Kano when he was followed in a bus by the attackers.
Some Gashua residents told Channels Television that the incident happened around 10am at Jajimaji, a distance of less than 30 kilometers away from Gashua, the hometown of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent said suspects wielding AK-47 rifles had been arrested and were in police custody.
Gashua has been one of the most peaceful communities in the state, even at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency.
In continuation of their clearance operations in bandits and terrorist enclaves in Kaduna and other parts of the northwest zone, security operatives have rescued three people who were kidnapped by bandits along the Zaria-Kano road.
The captives according to security sources were kidnapped from a neighbouring state and taken down to Kaduna by their abductors.
According to the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the victims were rescued by troops conducting patrols around Ungwan Namama, along the Zaria-Kano road.
He explained that the troops came in contact with the migrating bandits in the area and engaged them, during which the criminals abandoned their three captives and hastily escaped.
The Commissioner gave the names of the rescued persons as Abdullahi Lawal, Sadiya Salimanu, and her 10- month old baby, Fatima Salimanu .
Also recovered from the bandits were nine rustled animals, comprising one cow and eight sheep. The rescued persons have been reunited with their families, and the recovered animals were handed over to local authorities for proper identification and retrieval.
Aruwan gave the names of the suspects as, Musa Adamu, Abdullahi Usman, Suleiman Hasidu, Usman Jibril, Saidu Isah, Hassan Abdulhamid, and Idris Sani.
One Hajiya Bilkisu, a suspected accomplice, who had been housing the arrested persons, was unfortunately lynched to death by angry members of the community as she tried to escape.
Following the development, the Kaduna state government has urged security agencies to ensure a thorough investigation of the suspects, while also appealing to the citizens to avoid all forms of jungle justice and to give security agencies the needed cooperation to work in line with the dictates of the law.
Following the ongoing military operation against bandits and terrorists in the northwest zone, troops of Operation Forest Sanity have raided a camp belonging to bandits at Kuriga and Manini communities, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
During the operation early Tuesday, the troops rescued six hostages who were kidnapped by bandits at different locations.
A statement by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the troops during the operation identified bandits and terrorist enclaves within the council and successfully engaged the criminals in a gun duel.
Aruwan listed the freed persons as Sahura Hamisu, Ramlatu Umar, Saudatu Ibrahim, Maryam Shittu, Fatima Shuaibu, and Khadijah Mohammed who was kidnapped along with her baby.
The rescued persons, according to him, have been reunited with their families.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has expressed excitement about the rescue development, and also commended the government, military, police, and other security forces for the successful round of operations.