By Emmanuel Iorbee, Abuja
The Coordinator, Defence media Operations, Major General, John Enenche has revealed that 48 members of Boko Haram sect were invalidated, while 4 others were captured by troops of the Operation LAFIA DOLE
Gen. Enenche who stated this while updating newsmen on activities of the Forces across the county on combating terrorism, said Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in One of there operation had an encounter with Boko Haram Insurgents/Terrorists and successfully repelled them from attacking Yamteke in Gwoza LGA of Borno State.
General Enenche said four Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized and three AK47 rifles were recovered. The operation also led to the recovery of Two hand grenades and One Tecno phone.
He explained further, that Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province attack were also repelled by hunters at Sabon-Gari village of Madagali LGA of Adamawa State, during which two terrorists were killed and One AK47 rifle was also recovered.Troops of Sector Four Multi-National Joint Task Force successfully repelled a Boko Haram Terrorists attack at Tumour in Republic of Niger, during which Forty-Eight terrorists were invalidated and Four others captured by the troops.
In addition, he added that Operation SAFE HAVEN, a gallant multi-agency troops of operation SAFE HAVEN encountered some gunmen at Kurgwi along Namu Chibdai road in Quan Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State on 19 March 2020.
According to him, two notorious gun runners were killed, one AK 47 rifle was recovered, among other items. He also said, four suspects at Sara Suka activists were arrested during a cordon and search operation on the same day, where Seven cutlasses, three knives and substances suspected to be illicit drugs and charms were recovered from them.
He informed further that the Armed Forces of Nigeria could be involved in exercises that can transmute into real life operation.
“In this regard, during the week, the Nigerian Navy commenced Exercise TREASURE GUARD 2 at the Western Naval Command Area of Responsibility to increase confidence of the global shipping community. The Exercise was approved to transmute to Exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2020, which was supposed to be a multi-national exercise and was cancelled due to the global health concern.
The overall objective of the Exercise is to ensure a collective sec. update and protection of our maritime assets”.
He concluded that the Chief of Defence Staff wish to reassure Nigerians of the total commitment of the Force to protect lives and properties of Nigerians across the Country, thereby calling on the general public to always give credible information to the troops for it to sustain the tempo of neutralising the terrorists in Nigeria.