Troops Intercept Boat Laden with Smuggled 1,637 Bags of 50kg Rice, Arrest Carriers in South-South

1. In continuation of aggressive clearance operation against economic sabotage and other sundry crimes in the South-South zone of the country, troops of Operation SILENT HEAT III recorded tremendous successes. Gunboats of Forward Operating Base IBAKA today Saturday 17 October 2020 while on routine patrol along Utan Iyata Creek intercepted and arrested a large wooden boat containing 50kg parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled in from the Republic of Cameroon. A total of 1,637 bags of 50kg parboiled rice was recovered and 2 suspects were arrested. Currently the suspects are being profiled and would subsequently be handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service component of Operation SWÌFT RESPONSE South-South border drill along with the bags of rice for further action.

2. The Military High Command commends the gallant troops for their dexterity and encourages them to remain resolute in the fight against economic sabotage in the country.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
17 October 2020.
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TROOPS OF OPERATION SAFE HAVEN NEUTRALIZES ARMED ROBBER, RECOVER RIFLE AT BOKKOS LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF PLATEAU STATE

1. In continuation of aggressive clearance operation to stamp out banditry and other criminal activities in the country, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN quelled armed robbery incident along Bokkos-Barkin Ladi Road. Troops deployed at Kuba while responding to a distress call on armed robbery operation yesterday 16 October 2020, along the road swiftly mobilized to the scene and had contact with the robbers. During the encounter, troops overwhelmed the robbers thereby neutralizing one while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered include one locally fabricated rifle, 2 mobile handsets, 4 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and one jack knife. Currently the gallant troops have maintained vigilance in the general area to deny criminals freedom of action.

2. The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in country will sustain the offensive against all enemies of our Nation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
17 October 2020.