By Emmanuel Obisue
Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has informed that the military, in partnership with intelligence agencies and other security agencies, is closing in on a suspected terrorist financier, identified as Alhaji Abubakar.
Breifing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, the military high command said troops of Operation Hadarin Daji arrested two suspected collaborators of terrorist’s financiers in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Maj. Gen Musa Danmadami, Director of Defence Media Operations, said the duo were arrested at Access Bank, PZ branch Zaria while trying to withdraw the sum of N14m deposited into the account of the said Abubakar, a suspected terrorist financier.
In Nigeria’s southeast region, he noted that two notorious gunrunners transporting dangerous weapons from Onitsha, in Anambra State, to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, were intercepted in Okene, Kogi State.
The military high command further disclosed that a total of 368 terrorist fighters and their families surrendered to troops in the northeast, between September 8 to 22.
“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,” he stated.