It also disclosed that two thousand seven hundred and eighty-three (2,783) terrorists and family members dropped their arms and surrendered to the troops in northeast theatre within the given period.
This is in addition to the one hundred and five (105) terrorist fighters and bandits that were arrested in September.
The Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko made this disclosure while briefing Defence correspondents in Abuja.
He noted that while eighty-five (85) Boko Haram/Islamic State West African Province
ISWAP terrorists were killed, forty-three (43) were arrested, in Northeast theatre, while, three hundred and ninety-four (394) bandits were killed and sixty-two (62) bandits arrested by troops in Northwest and North Central theatres of operation within the period under scrutiny.
General Onyeuko said that the brief covered the period between 2 and 30 September 2021.
According to him, “Within the period in focus, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria had sustained the upscale in the rate of operational efforts across various theatres in the country. The heightened activities yielded significant results.
“Troops of Operation HADIN KAI sustained the operational tempo in land and air offensives against terrorists and other criminal elements in the North East theatre. Troops had several encounters with terrorists at different locations.
“In addition, dozens of ISWAP/BHT terrorists and their collaborators were neutralized in coordinated air strikes executed by the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI on 26 September 2021. This feat was achieved at Daban Masara, north of Lake Chad in Kukawa LGA of Borno State, from where the criminal elements launch attacks on own troops’ locations and innocent civilians in the area. Cumulatively, a total of 85 BHT/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized and 43 terrorists including their collaborators and logistics suppliers were arrested in the course of the various operations. Also, a total of 121 assorted weapons including SMG, HK21 guns, AK-47 and locally-made rifles with magazines, 3,372 rounds of 7.62mm NATO/Special ammunition, locally made pistols and smooth body grenades, RPG-7 bombs as well as 12,250 bags of fertilizers and 178 rustled livestock among several other items were recovered. Furthermore, a total of 2,783 terrorists and their families surrendered within the period under review”
He further disclosed that troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI, neutralized and arrested armed bandits and their arms supplier and informant at Kofar Fada village in Kankara LGA, Shabba village under Jibia LGA, Kaiga general area as well as Ummandau and Gammu villages, all in Katsina State.
“Furthermore, troops conducted clearance/raid operations on bandits’ enclaves at Falaliya, Yan Duwatsu, Kunkare, Jangeme, Mazarko and Kasala villages under Talata Mafara LGA in Zamfara State as well as Yarmariya village in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State and cleared bandits’ camps. During the period under review, a total of 240 armed bandits were neutralized, 125 assorted arms including AK-47 and FN riffles and Dane guns as well as 1,166 rounds of 7.62mm special/NATO ammunition, 1,304 livestock and 54 motorcycles among other items were recovered within the period. Also, 47 armed bandits, informants and bandits’ collaborators were arrested within the period,” he also revealed.