Military Eliminates 1,910 Terrorists, Bandits, Others as 24,059 Surrender
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Between 20 May 2021 and 6 January 2022, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says its troops deployed across the country for various operations killed a total of 1,910 criminal elements, including terrorists, armed bandits and robbers, as well as kidnappers.
The military also stated that its troops rescued 729 kidnapped victims around the country, while 912 criminals were arrested.
Maj.-Gen Benard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that a total of 24,059 terrorists and their families, including 5,326 adults, 7,550 women, and 11,183 children, have surrendered to own troops in the North-east during the period under review.
“In summary, the Armed Forces of Nigeria from 20 May 2021 to 6 January 2022 neutralized 1,910 criminal elements including terrorists, armed bandits and robbers as well as kidnappers across the country. This is in addition to scores of other terrorists and armed bandits killed during air strikes within the period. Troops also rescued a total of 729 kidnapped victims across the country,” Onyeuko stated.
He also noted that the military, in collaboration with other security agencies, had achieved outstanding successes in the South-South zone in their efforts to combat economic sabotage and other crimes.
“Furthermore, within the period in focus, troops made a cumulative total recoveries of thirteen million, two hundred and one thousand, three hundred (13,201,300) litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil and three million, nine hundred and sixty-nine thousand (3,969,000) litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene.
“Also, 38,582 barrels and six million, four hundred and ninety-one thousand (6,491,000) litres of stolen crude oil as well as eleven million, six hundred and fifty-nine thousand, five hundred (11,659,500) litres of illegally refined Premium Motor Spirit were recovered and handed appropriately. Additionally, a total of 912 criminal elements were arrested, while a large cache of arms and ammunition as well as livestock among other items of economic and security concerns were recovered by the troops during the period.”