The Nigerian Army has said soldiers fighting on the front lines have rescued 47 captives who were kidnapped, killed 67 terrorists, and arrested 190 of them.
Vox9ja reports that the announcement was made by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, who stated that troops remain aggressive in their counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts nationwide.
He said: “Troops substantially inflicted casualties on terrorists, insurgents and violent extremists through operations ranging from fighting patrols, ambushes, raids to air interdictions. The operations of the last week, resulted in 67 neutralized terrorists, with 190 arrested. Troops also arrested 57 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 47 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied oil theft of the estimated sum of Seven Hundred and Twenty-Seven Million Seven Hundred and Eighty-Six thousand Eight Hundred Naira (N727, 786,800.00) only.
“Furthermore, troops recovered 112 assorted weapons and 989 assorted ammunition. The breakdown is as follows: one GT3 rifle, 42 AK47 rifles, 11 locally fabricated rifles, 7 pump action guns, one locally made double barrel, pistol, 3 Dane guns, 2 locally made pistols, 342 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammo, 321 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 190 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm NATO, 34 rounds of 9mm ammo, 74 live cartridges,
“Others are 166 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, empty shells, 27 magazines, 23 vehicles, 33 motorcycles, 31 mobile phones, 5 boating radios, 4 bicycles, cutlasses, axes, digital camera and the sum of N3,278,700.00 amongst other items.”
The defence spokesperson further disclosed that “Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 106 dugout pits, 111 boats, 229 storage tanks, 290 cooking ovens, 8 pumping machines, 10 outboard engine, 2 speedboats, one vessel and 96 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 506,500 litres of stolen crude oil, 477,790 litres of illegally refined AGO and 51,000 litres of DPK.
“The military will continue to deny the terrorists, insurgents and violent extremists the ability to achieve their selfish objectives. The war is on, and their days are numbered unless they surrender.”