The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) today said that it has killed no fewer than 2,403 terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements across theatres of operation in the country in 2020.
The military said that the above figure does not include those killed during various airstrikes, that were not documented.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche, who made the disclosure during the weekly media briefing at the Defence Headquarters, also revealed that within the time under review, a total number of 864 kidnapped victims across the country were rescued by troops, 9,684,797 litres of stolen AGO, 33,516,000 litres of DPK were recovered, 1,910 criminal elements were arrested in addition to the recovery of a large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment.
He added that a total of 46,581.8 barrels of stolen crude oil and 22,881,257 litres of stolen PMS were recovered by the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria within the period.
General Enenche further disclosed that the Military will not continue with the current operational tactics against the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in 2021.
He said, “the efforts and sacrifices of the gallant officers and men of the Military as well as other security agencies that conduct these operations have been progressive. Within the period under review, troops engaged in a series of land, maritime and air operations, involving both kinetic and non-kinetic activities across the country.
“The land operations conducted among others across the various theatres of operation include; clearance, ambush, raid, picketing, cordon and search operations as well as artillery bombardments and aggressive patrols. Others were maritime operations involving anti-piracy, anti-illegal bunkering, anti-crude oil theft and anti-pipeline vandalism operations as well as other duties such as anti-smuggling operations.
“Furthermore, comprehensive air operations including air patrols, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions, offensive air strikes, air interdictions, search and rescue operations as well as close air support and air cover for ground troops”.
He said that though some troops paid the supreme prize in the course of the operations, the dogged troops have consistently exhibited gallantry and resilience in the various operations. Within the time under review.
frame in focus, troops neutralized scores of terrorists and bandits, while many others were incapacitated and their camps destroyed.
He noted that military operations also inhibited activities of economic saboteurs as well as exposed and obviated other criminal activities.
This he said is in addition to several other criminal elements, including high profile ones who were either killed in action or arrested.
“Besides, there are records of scores of criminals surrendering due to troops’ overwhelming superior firepower and intelligence activities. Other feats recorded in the course of our operations were the rescue of kidnapped victims, prominent among which, is the recent rescue of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, as well as the Islamiya children, all in Katsina State. Others were repelling and forestalling of terrorists and bandits’ attacks on civilians and troops,” he said.
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