The Director, Defence Media Operation (DMO), Major General Edward Buba,says troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) have killed 814 terrorists and arrested 1326 suspected criminals and 42 kidnap suspects.
General Buba stated this on Thursday, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja during the Defence Quarterly briefing on AFN counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations across the country in the last three months.
Troops would defeat terrorists and other violent extremist groups including those who support and finance them,he said.
During the period in view,Buba disclosed that offensive operations and air strikes were conducted to hit these groups and the terrorists where it hurts them most.
He added: “Our operations across the six geopolitical zones from June to August 2023 reveals that our Troops have neutralized 814 terrorists and arrested 1,326 criminals.
“We also arrested 42 kidnappers, 231 collaborators, 33 armed robbers, 80 cattle rustlers, 325 militias, 27 rails vandals, 73 gunrunners, 191 suspected oil thieves and rescued 721 kidnapped hostages.Additionally, 4,560 terrorists and their families surrendered to troops.”
He also revealed that troops recovered a total number of 501 weapons, 3,577 livestock, 3,269 assorted kinds of ammunition and 674 other equipment.
“The breakdown of these arms and ammunition is as follows; 117 AK47 rifle, one AK49 rifle, 5 revolver, 28 fabricated rifles, 11 fabricated pistols, 57 dane guns, 23 pistols, 24 pump action guns, 3 FN rifles, 3 GPMGs, one double barrel gun, one barreta pistol, one G3 rifle, 2 HK21 rifles one IED, 123 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2,008 rounds of 7.62mm special, 30 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm, 512 rounds of 7.62mm x 54mm, 190 rounds of 5.5mm, 39 rounds of 9mm, 29 rounds of PKM, and 19 cartridges.
“Troops equally recovered one RPG tube, 3 hand grenades, one locally made hand grenade, one locally made bomb, 2 rifle butts, one AK47 barrel, one GMPG barrel, 2 MG links, 98 AK47 magazines, 2 G3 magazines, 2 FN magazines, 2 PKT magazines, 2 LMG magazines, 2 tear gas launchers, one bullet proof vest, 49 vehicles, 213 motorcycles, 48 bicycles, 69 mobile phones, 5 boafeng radios, 4 woodland camouflages, 2 boots, 74 knives, 71 handsets, 11 laptops, 13 steering rods and pumps, 45 machetes and 25 jack knives.
“Troops also recovered 213 motorcycle, 69 mobile phones, one bicycle, 10 machete and a pair of camouflage.”
In the South South geopolitical zone,Veneral Buba disclosed that toops operation resulted in the arrest of 6,652,250 litres of stolen crude oil, 3,558,325 litres of illegally refined AGO, 288,650 litres of DPK and 65,600 PMS.
This amounted to an estimated sum of N4 billion denied to the oil thieves.
He assured that AFN will continue to apply strong military pressure on groups undermining the national security of the country.
He said: “It is clear that, the terrorist and their cohorts cannot win in the face of ongoing military pressure against them.
“Accordingly, the terrorists and their cohorts are encouraged to drop their arms and rejoin society to provide a better life for themselves and their children. They risk annihilation if they fail to do so.
“Nigerians need to know that, we are in this together. The military is with you. The military will work tirelessly to ensure your safety and security.
“Importantly, the trust and cooperation from supportive groups being witnessed today is unprecedented. The inputs from these groups is making a difference in our operations, said.”