The sacrifices of the gallant Nigerian Soldiers as well as other security agencies that conduct in 2020 operations have been progressive.
About Two thousand, Four hundred and three (2,403) Terrorists and Bandits were killed and eight hundred and Sixty Four (864) kidnapped victims were rescued by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in year 2020.
Defence Media Operations Coordinator, Major General John Enenche revealed this While giving records of armed forces of Nigeria Operations for year 2020 from 18th of March to 30th December during a media briefing at Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
He added that a total of 9,684,797 litres of stolen AGO and 33,516,000 litres of DPK were recovered.
Enenche also said, 1,910 criminal elements were arrested and large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment were recovered during the period.
He said, a total of 46,581.8 barrels of stolen crude oil and 22,881,257 litres of stolen PMS were recovered by the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The land operations conducted among others across the various theatres of operation include; clearance, ambush, raid, picketing, cordon and search operations as well as artillery bombardments and aggressive patrols”, he said.
“Others were maritime operations involving anti-piracy, anti-illegal bunkering, anti-crude oil theft and anti-pipeline vandalism operations as well as other duties such as anti-smuggling operations”
“Air operations including air patrols, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions, offensive air strikes, air interdictions, search and rescue operations as well as close air support and air cover for ground troops.
Giving a thorough breakdown of Soldiers engagements in series of land, maritime and air operations, involving both kinetic and non-kinetic activities across the country, Enenche said, in the North-West zone of the country, between 18 March and 31 December 2020, a cumulative total of 5,281 livestock, 6,951 rounds of ammunition and 120 assorted rifles were recovered from the armed bandits by the gallant troops in the Zone.
He added that, a total of 455 kidnapped victims were rescued and 473 armed bandits were killed in action.
“461 arrests were made in the Zone including high profile armed bandits, gun runners and bandit’s collaborators, while a total cash of
N6,365,550 was recovered from armed bandits and their informants in the Zone.+”, he said.
Enenche said, in the North-East Zone of the Country within the period, 200 kidnapped victims were rescued by the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
He said, a total of 1,385 rounds of ammunition, 45 grenades as well as 95 assorted rifles were recovered from Boko Haram Terrorists /ISWAP fighters.
In addition, Enenche said, several gun trucks were captured, while some others were destroyed during air strikes.
“Equally, 1,805 insurgents/terrorists including commanders were killed by the troops aside scores killed by air raids/attacks and within the period, a total of 79 arrests were made including high value targets”.
“In the North-Central Zone of the Country, within the period, troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN, WHIRL STROKE and THUNDER STRIKE have achieved appreciable successes”.
“A total of 130 kidnapped victims were rescued and 105 assorted rifles as well as 513 rounds of ammunition and 1,055 rustled cattle were recovered from armed bandits and other criminal elements in the Zone”, he said.
Enenche emphasize that a 1,250 criminals including family members of the Darul Salam sect were arrested within the period.
“Soldiers killed a total of 125 armed bandits including militia gang leaders.
“In the South-South Zone, the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies recorded remarkable results in their efforts against economic sabotage and other sundry crimes in the Zone”, Enenche declared.
“Within the period under review, a cumulative total of 8,890,300 litres of stolen AGO and 33,516,00 litres of DPK were impounded by troops of Operation DELTA SAFE” he said.
In addition to that, gallant troops immobilized a total of 185 illegal refining sites, 85 dugout pits and 163 metal storage tanks within the period.
Military spokesperson said, troops impounded a cumulative total of 31,236.8 barrels of stolen crude oil as well as 12,272,652 litres of stolen PMS from oil thieves in the Zone.
Also, a total of 47 kidnapped victims were rescued, while 72 vandals and criminals were arrested”
“A total of 4,250 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled smuggled rice were impounded and 45 boats engaged in illegal activities were arrested”, he said.
He said, “Troops also arrested a total of 53 pirates and 25 trucks as well as recovered 23 rifles, 65,330 rounds of ammunition and destroyed 23 sea pirate camps”.
“Troops of Operation AWATSE in the South-West Zone between 18 March and 30 December 2020, impounded a total of 10,458,600 litres of PMS; 15,345 barrels of stolen crude oil and 345,000 litres of stolen AGO”, he added.
“Troops recovered a total of 3,594 rounds of ammunition and 14 assorted rifles”.
“Also, within the period, a total of 23 illegal refining sites were immobilized, while 15 boats and 23 trucks engaged in illegal activities were arrested. In the same vein, within the period 35 kidnapped victims were rescued, while 48 arrests were made” he said.
Enenche also mentioned the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s social responsibilities and in form of Civil Military Cooperation Activities (CIMIC). A total of 92 boreholes were sunk for host communities and 16 schools and worship centres were renovated across the Country.
Additionally, “16 clinics and dispensaries were constructed and donated, including buses to host communities”
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria constructed roads, installed transformers and solar power equipment in some host communities”
“The military also fostered several stakeholders and reconciliation meetings between hostile communities and carried out medical out reaches”, he said.
Reports say. Troops paid the supreme prize in the course of the operations, dogged troops have consistently exhibited gallantry and resilience in the various operations.
SpyeTV reports that there are records of scores of criminals surrendering due to troops’ overwhelming superior firepower and intelligence activities.
Other feats recorded in the course of the operations were the rescue of kidnapped victims, prominent among which, is the recent rescue of 344 school boys of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, as well as the Islamiya children, all in Katsina State.
Others were repelling and forestallment of terrorists and bandits’ attacks on civilians and troops.
The High Command of the Nigerian Military thanked Nigerians for their support and further solicit their cooperation towards providing credible and timely information that will facilitate proactive engagements in our operations.
He also commended all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their resiliencer, doggedness and commitment.
Troops are further encouraged to remain resolute and decisive in securing the country.