Troops neutralise terrorists, arrest gun runners, collaborators, others


Defence Headquarters says troops and other security agencies have recorded significant successes against criminals across theatres in the last few days.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji had on June 21 engaged terrorists at Rafin Dankura in Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara who abducted some innocent civilians.

He said the encounter led to the rescue of six kidnapped civilians and killing of two bandits in the process.

According to him, items recovered include two AK47, 36 Hand grenade, two cell phones and the sum of N211, 915.

The defence spokesman said that troops also killed two terrorists at Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on the same day and recovered cache of weapons.

He also disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on June 20 arrested a notorious gun runner, one Ardo Maranewo, who had been on the wanted list of security agencies.

According to him, the suspect is a specialist in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers in Taraba.

“Furthermore, troops on patrol along Udei-Markurdi-Lafiya road arrested seven rail track vandals with a trailer registered ABJ KWALI 846 XBJ loaded with cut to size vandalised rail tracks and sleepers.

“They are Terswoo John (40), Donald Kperuv (30), Abraham Tinde (25), Jamilu Danlami (20), James Yandela (29), Idris Usman Imam (32) and Abubakar Adamu (30).

“Also on June 21, troops raided a kidnappers’ enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue and arrested one Ichen Igbaka (65), a bandits’ collaborator and his wife Mrs Salomi Gbaka.

“Their house was used by a late bandit leader, Mr Azu, as a hideout.