The Nigerian military says it has made significant gains in the fight against insurgents, militants and kidnappers in various parts of the country in the past two weeks.
The National Security Agency made the announcement on Thursday during its bi-weekly meeting, this time announcing its achievements from July 29 to August 12, 2021.
The announcement comes at a time when parts of the country continue to face attacks by gunmen and kidnappers for ransom, and students of other schools continue to be held captive by gunmen.
Here is a list of some of the achievements of the force, according to Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, Director of Publicity at the Defense Headquarters.
Assasination of Bandits
The army says troops have killed 156 insurgents and robbers.
Twenty-seven of those killed were killed by Operation Enduring Freedom in the North East.
In the northwestern part of the country, Operation Enduring Freedom killed 123 pirates and destroyed their hideouts.
64 gunmen arrested
Troops arrested 64 gunmen, according to the army’s director of publicity.
Among those arrested were prominent cattle rustler Mallam Buda Umar from the Republic of Niger, Mai Hatsi Ibrahim from Sokoto State and four other robbers and drug traffickers.
In the north-east of the country, 54 Boko Haram militants were captured by the Union Army.
Eight militants were also arrested in Benue and Taraba states.
Security forces said they had recovered several weapons in several raids.
“Thirty-five assault rifles, 1,051 rounds of ammunition, AK-47 assault rifles, rifle rifles, fighter jets, machine guns, machine guns and other ammunition were seized in the North East,” said Brigadier General Onyeuko.
In the northwest, the army also said it had recovered weapons, ammunition and livestock.
“In total, 89 animals, five AK-47s, three trucks and others were recovered,” the brigade said.
In Taraba and Benue, six AK-47 assault rifles, two assault rifles and ammunition were recovered.
1,000 Boko Haram fighters surrender
The security headquarters said more than 1,000 Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters and their families had surrendered, including women and children at various locations in the northeast.
Prominent among them are Boko Haram bomb maker Musa Adamu better known as Mala Musa Abuja and his deputy Usman Adamu better known as Abu Darda.
“This is no small achievement in the fight against Boko Haram,” the director of media said.
People were saved
In the northeast, 29 civilians were rescued during the period, according to the director of communications at the security headquarters.
While in the northwest the air force of Operation Wildlife rescued four people from the hands of the gunmen.
Brig Gen Onyeuko said they had received calls from residents of some towns on cattle rustlers, robbers and kidnappers in Sokoto and Zamfara states, where the army had chased away the culprits, rescuing farmers and other abducted people.
In Benue and Taraba states, more people were rescued.
The security headquarters said that between August 2 and 6, Operation HADARIN DAJI forces carried out airstrikes on the hideouts of robbers in Dansadau, Kuyambana Forest, Sububu Forest and other areas in Marun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The brigade said it had successfully destroyed several camps of the robbers including the house of one of their leaders Halilu Tubali, where at the time the robbers had been meeting for a meeting.
The security headquarters said Boko Haram and ISWAP bases had been dismantled during the operation.
In the South of the country
The security headquarters said Operation DELTA SAFE raided illegal sites in the south of the country, where illegal oil refineries were found.
Weapons were also recovered including AK-47 assault rifles, rifles, Smoke rifles, ammunition and other weapons as well as speedboats.
Six IPOB activists were also killed and 13 arrested. (BBC)