- Yusuf Oketola
Troops of the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with Hybrid Force, have killed three suspected Boko Haram terrorists in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
The hoodlums were killed during offensive operations conducted on Thursday.
A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Friday, noted that the troops also arrested five terrorists’ logistic suppliers with foodstuffs and money.
The statement read, “In a separate sustained operation to rid the North East of terrorism and insurgency, combined troops of 192 Battalion and 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison in conjunction with Hybrid Force, on Thursday, 7 September, 2023, conducted offensive operations within the general areas of Gobara, Ambaga and Madachi in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
“During the operations, troops neutralised three Boko Haram Terrorists and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one Beretta pistol, 17 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 4 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and a Dane gun.
“Similarly, combined troops of 231 Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment, while mounting a stop and search operation along Biu-Maiduguri Road intercepted five BHT logistics suppliers and recovered two vehicles conveying 20 bags of maize, 11 bags of soybeans, 11 bags of biscuits, 14 bags of rice, 46 bags of corn flours and the sum of N3,186,000 only. Suspects are currently in custody helping with further investigation. “
He said troops in collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Tantita operatives raided and destroyed six illegal oil camps in Imo and Delta states.
Meanwhile, the military high command has intensified efforts to apprehend sponsors and supporters of bandits and terrorists in the country.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, said sponsors and collaborators of the criminal groups had “picked the wrong side”.
Speaking newsmen on Friday, he noted that they were aiding and abetting the enemies with their actions.
He vowed that the fate of the criminals also awaited them.