The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), said there is end in sight in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast as the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole killed 75 terrorists, capture 4, rescue 35 captives and intercepted cache of arms and ammunition, including anti aircraft guns and gun trucks in a space of one month.
It also said that it is evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram/ISWAP that the resilience of the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole is being sustained across the North-East Theater of operation resulting to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on both men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche in a statement further disclosed that in their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, between 1 – 30 June 2020, the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, killing 75 of them in the process.
General Enenche said the encounters also led to the capture of assorted arms and large cache of ammunition including one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun.
Others he said include 3 Hand Grenades, 5 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, and 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, while 2 Boko Haram criminals’ flags were also captured.
According to the statement, “One Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period. Regrettably, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action.The wounded personnel has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating.
Equally, 4 BHT/ISWAP criminals including 2 women namely Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State. Also, the troops arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu during a Jumaat prayer at Michika Central Mosque and one Boko Haram fighter captured in the aftermath of an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama LGA of Borno State. The period under review also witnessed 4 surrenders by Boko Haram criminals. The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State”.
General Enenche said that during the period, troops rescued 35 captives from the captivity of BHTs/ ISWAP criminals, adding that amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male.
He also disclosed that the rescued children were promptly administered with Polio vaccine in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while the women were administered with First Aid as required.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the troops for the resilience and patriotism they continue to demonstrate in crushing the remnants of BHTs/ISWAP criminals, tasking them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as they approach the end of insurgency in the country.
On its part, the Military High Command encouraged the troops to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of terrorists and their collaborators in the Northeast, while appreciating Nigerians for their support and urging them to continue to provide timely information to troops on activities of BHTs/ISWAP collaborators in their respective localities for prompt and effective action.