1 By Sumaila Ogbaje
2 Operation Hadin Kai troops eliminated three Boko Haram terrorists and arrested dozens of their fighters, informants and logistics providers in recent encounters in the northeast theater of operations.
3 The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, revealed in a statement Monday in Abuja.
4 Nwachukwu said troops from Task Force 151st Battalion eliminated terrorists in an ambush at their crossing point along Banki Junction – Miyanti Road, while others escaped with gunshot wounds. .
5 He also revealed that troops arrested suspected terrorists on July 15 who surrendered to troops with their families, as they fled their enclaves, following continued bombardment of their hiding places by battalion troops.
6 According to him, the fleeing terrorists and their families were arrested on the outskirts of the villages of Aza and Bula Daloye in the local government area of Bama in Borno by the battalion troops on combat patrol in Miyanti and Darajamel.
7 “The arrested suspects included eleven adult terrorist men, five adult women and twelve children.
8 “The troops also recovered 27 7.62mm (special) rounds, three AK 47 rifle magazines and a fragmentary black jacket from the suspects. They are currently the subject of preliminary investigations, ”he said.
9 The army spokesman also revealed that 7th Division garrison troops, together with the Civilian Joint Task Force, on July 17 located and arrested Boko Haram informants and service providers. logistics in the Lawanti and Gongolun communities of Jere, in the Borno region.
10 He said the suspects confessed to working as informants for the terrorists, to whom they provide information on the movements, locations, deployments, strength, caliber of weapons and other activities of the troops.
11 According to him, they also admitted to providing the terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), medicine, mosquito nets, cola nuts, recharge cards and food products.
12 He added that the suspects also revealed that they were paid by the terrorists with the proceeds from the sale of old dismantled motorcycle parts to dealers in order to finance their purchases.
13 “The army chief of staff, the lieutenant general. Faruk Yahaya praised the troops for being proactive in the ongoing demining operations.
14 “He instructed them to keep the pace and ensure that the terrorists are expelled from their enclaves,” he said. (NAA)