1,081 terrorists, families surrender in 2 weeks, Nigerian Army claims


The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, has disclosed that 1,081 terrorists with their families have surrendered to troops due to
overwhelming kinetic and non-kinetic activities in two weeks.

The Director, who stated this on Thursday, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja during a press briefing said, several other criminal elements, including high profile ones, were either killed in action, or arrested, while many kidnapped civilians were rescued.

Gen. Onyeuko, who gave the breakdown of the operational
activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria between 9th and 23rd December, 2021, revealed that some of their troops paid the “supreme price in the course of the operations.”

He, however, acknowledged and saluted the “noteworthy efforts and sacrifices of their gallant officers and men” as well as other security agencies that progressively conduct the various operations across the country.

He said, “Besides, there are records of large numbers of terrorists surrendering due to troops’ overwhelming kinetic and non-kinetic activities, while several kidnapped civilians were rescued.
“Troops also repelled and forestalled armed criminal elements’ attacks on civilians and troops, recovered caches of arms, ammunition, equipment, vehicles and oodles of livestock with­in the year.

“Additionally, troops’ kinetic and non-kinetic operations have continued to drive the terrorists out of their camps into surrendering. Within this period in focus, a total of 1,081 terrorists and their families comprising 187 adult males, 326 adult females and 568 children surrounded to own troops at different locations of the theatre. The surrendered terrorists were properly profiled and handed over to appropriate
authorities for necessary actions”.

On ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘, Gen. Onyeuko disclosed that troops carried out several land and air operations that recorded significant results at different locations across the theatre
within the period of two weeks.
Some of these locations, he said, are towns, villages and roads in Bama, Mafa, Pulka, Konduga, Gwoza, Mobbar and Dikwa LGAs of Borno State as well as Madagali LGA of Adama­wa State.

“Troops operational efforts in the locations in the last two weeks, cumulatively resulted in the neutralization of a total 51 and arrest of 19 terrorists. Also, a total of 122 assorted arms and 1,499 rounds of different calibres of ammunition were recovered, while a total of 8 gun trucks of the terrorists were destroyed”.

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