In a swift reaction to rescue the abducted expatriate and arrest the perpetrators who attacked troops on 5th April 2016 along Nembe Road of Bayelsa State, troops of Operation PULO SHIELD during a man hunt on the criminals on the same day along Soku Gas plant encountered suspected militants who opened fire on them which they quickly repelled killing one suspect and wounding many. Three suspects were arrested but claimed to be victims of the pirates attack.
Most of these persons were rescued at various areas and towns where remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists were hibernating before the clearance operations by various formations and units in the theatre, while some were received from the neighbouring Cameroon. On 1st March 2016, troops of 155 Task Force Battalion received 10,000 refugees from the Republic of Cameroon at Banki and Bama axis. Two days later, Army Headquarters Special Forces (AHQ SF) Battalion also rescued 63 persons held captives by terrorists at Maleri. The same unit on 5th March 2016 rescued 779 persons at Fotokol general area, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
In line with the Federal Government’s commitment to the war against insurgency in the North East and in furtherance of its efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate surrendered and repentant Boko Haram terrorist members, the Defence Headquarters has established rehabilitation camp in an Exercise known as Operation SAFE CORRIDOR.
Concerned by the general crime situation in Kaduna State, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, has directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge Zone 7, AIG Ballah Nasarawa, to relocate to Kaduna State for effective supervision of security situation in the State. While urging the AIG to evolve new intelligence gathering and crime-fighting techniques and methodologies to suit the local challenges, the IGP also directed that Police officers who have served in Kaduna State Command for a period of six years and above be transferred out of the Command with corresponding replacement.
Troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force yesterday, Sunday 4th April 2016 carried out clearance operation in suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists around Madawaya general area, cleared and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory, killed 15 terrorists and captured some weapons.
Apart from the recent arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru terrorist group in Lokoja, Kogi State, the Nigerian military has confirmed that more terrorists have been arrested while other Boko Haram members have also surrendered to the security agencies.
The troops of 155 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade, Nigerian Army on Thursday 31st March 2016, during clearance operations discovered and destroyed Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory and cleared Boko Haram terrorists hide out in Wulwuta village, ahead of Jere, Bama Local Government Area. During the operation, the troops also killed 9 Boko Haram terrorists while one of our soldier was wounded in action. The troops recovered 1 laptop, 1 solar panel, a pair of Nigerian military desert and woodland camouflage uniform each, as well as bandolier vest and 6 ready IEDs pressure plates. Other recoveries include a loaded pistol with registration number D557954, 3 rounds of 7.65mm, 13 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunitions and combat boots, amongst others.
While acknowledging that indeed troops that captured the strategic forest of Alagarno, experienced some logistics problem that include water shortage, due to some unforeseen circumstances which is normal in war situation, it is not true that the troops behaved in the manner he stated.
No local government are is under control of Boko Haram in Nigeria
During the advance, 2 soldiers unfortunately stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that seriously injured one of the soldiers. Nevertheless, the troops continued the advance and had contact with the terrorists and cleared them out of Madube Cikin, killing 4 insurgents, destroying 2 vehicles and 2 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists. The troops also recovered 2 cylinders, 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 boxes of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 bicycles and bags of grains.
Similarly, some element of the unit stationed in Mayanti encountered 2 fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the villages cleared yesterday and killed 1 while trying to shot the troops and arrested the other. The arrested suspected terrorists has been making very useful statements. The troops recovered 5 bicycles, bags of grains and other items.
Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies within the last one week have recorded tremendous success in the fight against cattle rustling, armed banditry and criminality particularly in the north west under the auspices of Operation SHARAN DAJI. In Kaduna State, the Division’s Internal Security Force (DISFORCE) has recovered 108 Livestock and killed 1 armed bandit and recovered 1 AK-47 Rifle and 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.
The Nigerian Army authority has raised reward for anyone with useful information that could lead to the rescue of its abducted officer, Colonel Samaila Inusa to One Million Naira.
While the retired AVM Jon Ode led-Panel deliberately refuses to acknowledge successes recorded by previous administration in the war on terror, the team has only succeeded in misleading the president with its biased reports that create unnecessary anxiety in the polity.
The Nigeria military is subjecting a purported new video from leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau to forensic examinations in order to ascertain its authenticity. The development is sequel to calls being made by Abubakar Shekau in the said video on his followers to embrace peace and stop the fighting by sheath their swords and surrender. A top military officer however told PRNigeria that: "the ongoing campaign against insurgency and indeed Boko Haram is being intensified most especially in the Sambisa forest, and its environs in order to further degrade and demystify the sect and bring them to their knees.