The Defence Headquarters says that Nigerian Armed Forces on counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast have killed 45 terrorists and bandits and recovered several arms and ammunition in the last one week.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche who made the disclosure in Abuja while briefing journalists on military operations between June 11 and 18, said Troops have also arrested one Alhaji Audu said to be responsible for several attacks in Benue State, as the arrest of the suspect has brought relative peace to the surrounding communities.
Gen Enenche said troops in the Niger Delta uncovered and destroyed 5 illegal refineries, 14 surface metal storage tanks, 9 coolers, 9 cooking ovens in the last one week.
While about 2,640.5 barrels of stolen crude oil, 80,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil and 43,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit were seized.
In the North-West, Enenche said Armed Forces of Nigeria troops have continued to build on recent successes against armed bandits operating in the region following intensive ground and air assaults on their identified bases, with scores of bandits killed.
According to DMO, since the commencement of Operation ACCORD, several high-profile terrorists’ and bandits’ leaders have surrendered while many others have been neutralized and their equipment captured by the gallant troops.
While appreciating the general public for their cooperation in providing credible information which have so far facilitated the successes of these operations, he noted that the soldiers have also rescued about 40 hostages held by the terrorists.