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Nigerian Forces Decimate Terrorists, Rescue Hostages in Nationwide Crackdown

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Over the past week, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has reported significant strides in counter-terrorism efforts across various regions of the country, highlighting the armed forces’ relentless pursuit of peace and stability. Under the direction of Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, the director of defence media operations, a comprehensive update was provided, showcasing the formidable achievements against insurgent groups and criminal elements that have long plagued the nation.

In a detailed account, Maj.-Gen. Buba outlined the armed forces’ successes, which included the elimination of at least 286 terrorists, the capture of 244 suspects, and the liberation of 122 individuals from the clutches of kidnappers. These operations spanned the vast landscapes of Nigeria, from the dense forests to the arid north, reflecting a nationwide crackdown on threats to national security.

The operation also dealt a significant blow to the illicit activities of oil thieves, with the apprehension of 83 individuals involved in these crimes, thereby preventing the loss of approximately N2.5 billion worth of oil. This dual approach of targeting both terrorists and economic saboteurs underscores the comprehensive strategy employed by the Nigerian military to safeguard the country’s assets and citizens.

A remarkable haul of weapons and ammunition was recovered during these operations, totaling 587 assorted weapons and 7,943 rounds of ammunition. This cache included a wide range of firearms from AK47 rifles and locally fabricated guns to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), demonstrating the diverse arsenal at the disposal of these criminal elements.

Specific operations in the North-East, such as Operation Hadin Kai, proved particularly effective, neutralizing 70 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, arresting 31, and rescuing 27 hostages. This operation also led to the recovery of significant quantities of arms and ammunition, further depleting the operational capabilities of these terrorist groups.

In the North-Central region, Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke made notable progress, neutralizing 19 insurgents, arresting 68, and rescuing 13 hostages. These efforts highlight the military’s dedication to restoring peace in regions afflicted by insurgent activities and banditry.

The North-West saw the implementation of Operation Hadarin Daji, where the air component conducted successful air interdictions in Zamfara and Katsina states, targeting terrorist enclaves and logistics. This operation resulted in the neutralization of 58 terrorists, the arrest of five, and the rescue of 76 hostages, alongside a substantial seizure of weapons.

Operation Whirl Punch in Kaduna State also recorded significant achievements, with the neutralization of 93 insurgents, the arrest of 32, and the rescue of 14 hostages. The operation further confiscated a large cache of weapons, showcasing the military’s prowess in ambushing and disrupting terrorist activities.

In the Niger Delta, the crackdown on illegal oil bunkering activities led to the destruction of numerous illegal refining sites and the recovery of millions of litres of stolen crude oil and refined products. This operation not only disrupts the financing of criminal activities but also protects the environment from the devastating effects of oil theft.

The South-East region was not left out, with Operation UDO KA neutralizing 39 insurgents, arresting 10, and recovering a variety of weapons. This operation underscores the military’s commitment to restoring law and order in all parts of the country.

Maj.-Gen. Buba’s report concludes with an affirmation of the Nigerian armed forces’ ongoing success in counter-insurgency operations, highlighting the weekly achievements that contribute to the broader goal of national security and peace. The handing over of recovered items, suspects, and rescued hostages to relevant authorities ensures that justice is served, further reinforcing the rule of law and the military’s role in upholding it.

As Nigeria continues to face challenges posed by terrorism, insurgency, and other forms of criminality, the armed forces’ sustained efforts and strategic operations stand as a beacon of hope for the restoration of peace and security across the nation. The commitment to counter-terrorism and crime prevention not only safeguards the nation’s sovereignty but also paves the way for socio-economic development and stability.

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