From Molly Kilete, Abuja 

The Defence Media Organization (DMO), yesterday,said Soldiers on various security operations across the country have killed 157 criminals terrorizing the country within  two weeks.

According to DMO, the criminal elements comprised of :terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, and other criminal groups disturbing  the peace of the country .

Also, the DMO, said the soldiers arrested 95 suspected terrorists logistics suppliers; bandits, kidnappers, oil thieves, and rescued  112 kidnapped victims from their abductors,while 267 repentant terrorists, and their families surrendered to troops.

Director DMO, Major General Musa Danmadami,  said that the  soldiers destroyed  39 illegal refining sites, 48 cooking ovens, 103 storage tanks, 27 dugout pits, and 33 wooden boats. 

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He said that  soldiers on illegal bunkering operations in the Niger Delta, also recovered one tug boat, one barge, three  pumping machines, three speed boats,and 13 vehicles, 274,000 litres of crude oil, 71,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, and 15 Ak47 rifles.

Gen Danmadami, at a media briefing on update on  Military operations conducted  in the six geo-political zones of the Country, between January 12-26, said, the military has continued to record successes in all its operations with the bombardment of criminals strongholds in the country.

Giving a breakdown on  the operations, Danmadami, said “Troops of Operation HADIN KAI ,have sustained ,and continue to dominate their general areas of operations. Operational activities were conducted in villages, forest, mountains, towns, and cities of Kukawa, Bama, Biu, Damboa, Maiduguri, Mafa, Dikwa, Gwoza, Kaga, Abadam as well as Monguno Local government areas of Borno State. Operations were also conducted at Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State; Gujiba, Geidam ,and Damaturu LGAs of Yobe State in the North East region of the country geared towards denying Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province ,and other criminal element freedom of actions, and restored normalcy to the zone. Notably, on 12 January 2023, troops had a meeting engagement with Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists ,close to their locations in kwatan Turare, and Azir Bri villages in Kukawa and Damboa LGAs of Borno State. During the encounter, troops engaged the terrorists in a fire fight, and neutralized five terrorists, while others fled with gun shot injuries. Troops, recovered three  AK47 rifles, 2 x 60mm mortar bombs, 36 rounds of belted 7.62mm NATO, 7 x 60mm mortar chargers, empty cases of 60mm bomb chargers, empty cases of RPG chargers, two  RPG 7 bomb, one  Gun truck, two  PKGM, two  RPG bombs, one  QJC gun, 116 rounds of 12.7mm AP ammunition, and 56 rounds of 7.62mm rimmed ammunition, while one  phantom MRAP used by the terrorist was destroyed by  their own fire.

 “Also, troops on  January 14,2023 ambushed Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists close to Zanwa village in Gwoza LGA of Borno State. Following a fire fight, troops neutralized seven terrorists, while others fled. Troops recovered  three AK47, two  locally fabricated guns, 15 rounds of 7.62mm special refilled ammo, one  camel bag one G3 rifle, and 19 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition. On the same date troops ambushed Boko Haram/ISWAP  terrorists, along Rd Banki – Bula Yobe – Darel Jamel in Bama LGA ,and made contact. Following a fire fight, troops neutralized three  terrorists and recovered, two AK 47 rifles, 15 rounds of 7.62 mm Special refilled ammo, and one camel bag among other sundry items. “Additionally, on 13 January 2023, two  Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, surrendered to troops at Banki Junction , with two  AK47 rifles, one FN rifle, 12 rounds of 7.62mm special, six  rounds of 7.62mm refilled ammunition, one mobile phone and the sum of 15,000.00 only. Equally, troops raided a Boko Haram/ISWAP  terrorist’s enclave in Bula Tamsu village ahead of Ngurusoye in Bama LGA, and made contact with the terrorists. Troops engaged and neutralized two  terrorists while, two  bicycles, were recovered and six  kidnapped civilians rescued.