Troops Rescue Two More Chibok Girls Nine Years After Abduction
By Gom Mirian, Abuja
Troops of Operation Hadin Kai Theatre Command have rescued two more girls abducted from Chibok Local Government Area, Borno State in April 2014.
The rescue comes nine years after Boko Haram terrorists stormed their school while they were writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
The latest rescue victims are Esther Marcus and Hauwa Malta, both of them 26 years.
They were rescued by the troops at Lagara, a Boko Haram enclave in Sambisa Forest, on April 21, 2023. Their rescue brings to 125, the total number of girls now out of the terrorists’ captivity, including 107 released by the terrorists themselves in 2018, three rescued by troops in 2019, two in 2021, and 11 in 2022.
According to the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai Theater Command, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali, “94 are still unaccounted for.
“Esther was rescued with her one-year-old baby girl. While in captivity, she was first married to one Garba, alias Garus, a terrorist, who was later killed by troops; and she was remarried to another terrorist called Abba; she was with him until her rescue.”
The Commander stated that Hauwa Malta was rescued with an eight months and 10 days pregnancy; adding that she delivered a baby boy at the Seven Div health facility 10 days after their rescue.
Troops also killed over 70 suspected terrorists in counterinsurgency operations in the North-East region.
More than 140 terrorists were also arrested during the period, with several weapons including Improvised Explosive Devices recovered, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, told journalists on Thursday.
He said more than 140 terrorists were also arrested during the period, with several weapons including Improvised Explosive Devices recovered.
According to the defence spokesman, over 500 members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have surrendered to the military.
…Destroy 41 Refineries, Recover 1.06m Litres Crude
The Defence Headquarters, yesterday said troops of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have destroyed 41 illegal refining sites and recovered more than 1.06 million litres of crude oil in the last two weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said this yesterday in Abuja at the bi-weekly news conference on the operations of the armed forces.
He added that 156 cooking ovens, 189 storage tanks, 12 dugout pits and 15 wooden boats were also destroyed by the troops.
Danmadami said apart from the crude oil, 13,500 litres of Automotive Gas Oil and 8,500 litres of Premium Motor Spirit were seized, including six vehicles and 18 suspects.
According to him, the operation was conducted in creeks, waterways, high sea, towns and cities of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers.
Meanwhile, Danmadami said the troops on April 25, arrested five suspected cultists who attacked members of a vigilance group at Iyara road in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta.
He said that two pistols, two knives, two machetes and one motorcycle were recovered from the suspects.
According to him, during a fighting patrol to Sansan and Monikiri camp, Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers, the troops encountered pirates who fled on sighting them.
“Troops destroyed their camp and recovered six speed boats with one 90HP engine and five 40HP engines as well as seven generators, five pumping machines and seven radios.
“Also, the air component of Operation Delta Safe carried out series of air interdiction and armed reconnaissance mission within the theatre of operation that recorded some remarkable results.
“Notably, between April 21 and April 27, several air interdiction were conducted at Ogbogbo community in Ahoada West Local Government Area and Abisse Waterways in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.
“Some identified illegal refining sites, illegal tanks and reservoirs loaded with suspected refined products were seen and bombarded accordingly.
“The air strike was observed to have set off explosions that burnt down the storages and reservoirs,” he said.
Troops Destroy Illegal 47 Refineries, Apprehend 65 Suspects – DHQ
The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have destroyed 47 illegal refining sites, and apprehended 65 suspected oil thieves and other criminals in the last two weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the bi-weekly news conference on the operations of the armed forces.
Danmadami said the troops had sustained the tempo in the war against oil theft, illegal refineries and other criminal activities through aggressive raid, patrol as well as clearance operations amongst others.
He said the troops recovered 186,000 litres of crude oil, 42,750 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, 4,500 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and 200 litres Dual Purpose Kerosine.
The spokesman said that 250 storage tanks, 220 ovens, 32 dugout pits, 31 wooden boats, one gas welding cylinder, and one pocking gas were recovered.
Others are two gas burners, two gas gauge, two adjustable spanners, one pumping machine and four outboards engines.
Danmadami said the troops also recovered 300 ammunitions, 15 AK47 magazines, 211 mobile phones, three vehicles, 100 wraps of suspected cannabis sativa, three and four pinches among others.
He said the troops had on May 18, raided a suspected criminals house at Ibaa community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers.
“All recovered items and apprehended suspected criminals have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.
“Equally, it is worthy to mention that a total of N604.4 million was denied the oil thieves.
“The air component on May 18, conducted air interdiction operation at Krakrama active with illegal refining activities.
“Accordingly, the location was struck, with several illegal refined products and equipment destroyed in the air strike,” he said.
In the South East, Danmadami said the troops of Operation UDO KA continued to clamp down on the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network terrorist and other criminalities in the zone.
He said the troops neutralised five terrorists and apprehended nine suspects, as well as recovered several arms, ammunition and other items during the period.
In the South West, he said the troops of Operation AWATSE apprehended 26 suspected criminals and recovered one locally made pistol, three cartridges, 280gm of tramadol and two bottles of codeine. (NAN)
Tinubu ‘ll Change Security Architecture, NSA Assures
By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
President Bola Tinubu, Thursday met with the Service Chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies and told them that he would change the security architecture in the country to to blend with his phIlosophy to address the insecurity challenges across the federation.
The President also said as far as he is concerned, ‘Nigeria should not go on her knees as a result of security challenges while ather countries are working, moving forward and recording tremendous achievements.’
Tinubu stated this in his maiden official meeting with Security and intelligence heads led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as the the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen.Babagana Monguno (retd), who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting that lasted two hours, said the President has directed heads of security agencies to come out with their blue prints.
He ordered the security agencies to crush anyone involved in oil theft, stressing that his administration will not tolerate such menace.
“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that as far as he is concerned, he is not going to tolerate oil theft Wherever the problem is coming from it must be crushed as soon as possible,” he stated.
He has already mandated the security agencies to come up with a blueprint as far as he knows and as far as he concerned, he doesn’t have the luxury of time. And whatever changes will be made have to be done as soon as possible.
“The President also has decided that what ever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well fed, well kitted, motivated and given all that they require.
He said it was an appraisal meeting for the President to get briefing on the activities of the different security formations and for him to tell them his own philosophy and what he expects from the security heads.
He said, “The President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces has just concluded a meeting of the general security appraisal committee consisting of the Chief of Staff service chiefs Inspector General of Police, and heads of the intelligence agencies.
“This is the very first meeting he’s had with the heads of the security agencies. The meeting lasted for two hours.
“Having been briefed by the participants of the meeting, Mr. President, addressed prevailing issues confronting the nation in terms of insecurity and also mentioned his own philosophy towards dealing with national security issues.
“First and foremost, he appreciated the armed forces and intelligence agencies and the wider paramilitary agencies for the work they have been doing in the past couple of years. Their sacrifice, their loyalty, and he also paid tribute to those who died in defending this country, from the great big menace of terrorism, insurgency banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, etc.
“The President has made it very clear that he’s determined to build on whatever gains that have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour.
“As far as he’s concerned, this country should not be on its knees struggling while other countries are working and achieving greater heights.”
President Tinubu said in moving the country forward he needs the security agencies to redouble their efforts, stressing that his own philosophy is one of contemporary security measures dealing with the requirements of the time.
According to the NSA, “He has made it very clear that he will not accept a situation in which our fortunes keep declining. And his own trajectory is that national security has to be coordinated, there has to be whatever…whether it is a basket system, but there must be a clearing house.
“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on.
“President has said clearly that he will do whatever is within his powers to enable the operational elements but the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment.”
Police Foil Kidnap, Neutralise 2 Suspects in Delta
The Police Command in Delta has foiled a kidnap and killed two suspects in the ensuing shoot out.
The spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Warri.
Edafe said that that the deceased were neutralised by the police operatives attached to the Ovwian/Aladja Division, Udu Local Government Area.
He explained that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Aliyu Shaba, received a distress call on May 31, that suspected kidnappers had abducted a couple on the DSC/Effurrun Expressway in Warri, Delta State.
“On May 31, 2023, at about 1:20p.m., CSP Shaba led operatives from Ovwian Aladja Division on a confidence building proactive patrol on the DSC/Effurrun Road.
“During the patrol, the DPO received a distress call that a man and his wife (name withheld) were kidnapped and their Lexus SUV was taken also.
“The DPO swiftly trailed the suspected kidnappers and eventually intercepted the vehicle on Warri-Sapele Road,” he said
Edafe said that the kidnappers on sighting the police team opened fire on them in a bid to escape.
He said that the police responded, adding that in the process two of the gang members were neutralised while the others abandoned the vehicle and escaped.
The police spokesman said that the victims were rescued unhurt and one AK-47 rifle with breach Number 16869; 46 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition; one pump action gun and 13 live cartridges were recovered.
Edafe said that the command had launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspects with a view to apprehend and prosecute them. (NAN)
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