By Linus Aleke
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has revealed that the Nigerian military, in partnership with other security agencies, as well as the intelligence agencies is closing in on a suspected terrorist financier, identified as Alhaji Abubakar.
The military also said that troops killed 56 criminals, and arrested 88, across all theatres in two weeks.
This is even as two young men, running errands for the terrorist network were picked up by troops, at Access Bank, PZ Branch in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State while, struggling to withdraw a total sum of Fourteen Million Naira (14,000,000.00), deposited by Alhaji Abubakar.
Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami made this discourse on Thursday in Abuja, while briefing Defence Correspondents, on the operational activities of the military across the federation.
He noted that two Boko Haram commanders were killed in the northeast, while twelve (12), Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), logistics suppliers were also, arrested by troops in the northwest theatre.
He added that two notorious gunrunners transporting dangerous weapons from Onitsha, in Anambra State, to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were intercepted in Okene, Kogi State.
Major General Danmadami, further disclosed that a total of three hundred and sixty-eight (368), terrorist fighters and their families surrendered to troops in the northeast, between 8 – 22, September 2022.
He states, “Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have continued to intensify offensive actions against terrorists and other criminal elements in their operational environment. On 15 September 2022, troops arrested 2 suspected terrorist collaborators at Access Bank, PZ Branch in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State while trying to withdraw the sum of Fourteen Million Naira (14,000,000.00), deposited into the account of one Alhaji Abubakar a suspected terrorist financier.
Troops also conducted operational activities in villages, communities and towns in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States in the North West zone of the Country. During the operations, troops neutralized 16 suspected terrorists and arrested 10 notorious terrorists at different locations in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. While, 5 AK47 rifles, 10 rounds of 7.62mm special, 17 mobile phones, 2 motorcycles, 3 locally made rifles, 3 pairs of woodland camouflage, 118 rustled sheep, 4 boafeng radios and N29,250.00 cash among other items were recovered, while 21 civilians were rescued. All recovered items, arrested terrorists and rescued civilians were handed over to relevant authority for further action”.
Gen. Danmadami further said, “Troops of Operation Hadin Kai, theatre of operation have sustained aggressive operations to deny terrorists further freedom of action. In furtherance of this, troops conducted fighting patrols, ambushes and clearance operations at communities, villages and towns in Kukawa, Monguno, Kaga, Dikwa, Biu, Damboa, Gwoza, Mafa, Konguda, Bama and Guzamala Local Government Areas all in Borno State. Of significance was the neutralization of 2 key Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province commanders on the 12th and 15th September 2022 identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida (A Qaid) at Parisu and Sheruri general area in Sambisa forest respectively. Consequently, within the period in review, troops neutralized 36 terrorists, rescued 130 civilians and arrested 46 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists as well as 12 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province logistic suppliers. Furthermore, 21 AK47 rifles, 163 rounds of 7.62mm special, 2 RPG bombs, 25 Dane guns, 4 unexplosive ordinance stores, 2 bandoliers, 10 solar panels, 23 bicycles, 10 motorcycles, 1 tricycle, 19 cell phones, 28 torch lights, bags of assorted grains, 122 rustled sheep. The sum of N203,125.00 was recovered among other items. Equally, a total of 368 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province criminals and their families comprised 53 adult males, 116 adult females and 214 children surrendered to their own troops at different locations in the theatre. All recovered items rescued civilians and apprehended suspected terrorists were handed over to the relevant authority for further action while surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists and their families are being profiled for further action”.
He concluded that troops in conjunction with vigilantes carried out a raid operations in the hideout of the outlawed cultist group known as Sara Suka boys, at Rikkos and Nassarawa in Jos Local Government Area of Plateau State and arrested 6 suspects.