- by E. Nriezedi
- 5:28 AM July 02, 2022
The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said a total of 137 terrorists and bandits were killed in Yobe and Abuja-Kaduna Highway operations between November 25 and December 9.
It also said troops of Operation Hadin Kai rescued 20 Nigeria Police Force personnel abducted by suspected terrorists.
The military added that the police personnel were abducted when terrorists attacked a police station at Buni Yadi in Yobe state.
The acting Director, Defence Media Operation, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed these on Thursday while giving an update on the activities of the troops between November 25 and December 9.
He also said a total of 62 terrorists were killed, 28 arrested and 54 arms and 144 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the terrorists.
He said, “Cumulatively, a total of 62 terrorist elements were neutralised and 28 of them were arrested, while 54 assorted arms and 144 rounds of different calibre of ammunitions were recovered.
“Also, a total of 101 rustled livestock were recovered and 20 kidnapped NPF personnel, who were abducted when the terrorists attacked the police division, were rescued by troops at Buni Yadi within the period.”
Onyeuko also disclosed that no fewer than 75 bandits were killed by troops of Operation Thunder Strike.
According to him, 30 of them were killed close to the Kaduna State NYSC camp.
He said, “On December 3, 2021, credible intelligence report and careful aerial surveillance revealed activities of bandits east of Rijana village along Abuja – Kaduna highway.
“Consequently, a force package of NAF’s platforms was dispatched to take out the criminal elements.
“During the operation, 45 armed bandits were neutralised and their structures housing logistics items and weapons were destroyed. In addition, other armed bandits who escaped during the air strikes were traced to a location 4km southeast of the Kaduna State NYSC Orientation Camp, where 30 of them were killed in airstrikes.”
Onyeuko also said the troops also arrested a notorious bandit in Kaduna who confessed that the head of a vigilante group in the Rigasa area was aiding their operations.