By Joy Odor
The Defence Headquarters has vowed not to leave nothing to chance following warning by the US AFRICOM that extremists have begun deploying several strategies to silently re-establish themselves across some regions in Africa including the West Africa Sub region.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General JOHN ENENCHE made this known in Abuja during the regularly press briefing update of its operational activities across the Country from 6 August to 12 August 2020.
General Enenche opined that, actions have been put in place and are being reviewed to handle all important intelligence appropriately.
He assured the general public of its continuous efforts to ensure security agencies are ahead of the evolving security challenge.
The Defence Media Co-ordinator also hammered on the alleged accusations activities of it troops in Baga, regarding dealings in livestock and farming.
According to him, in line with military procedures, the allegedlly accusation was investigated and found to be baseless.
He assured the public that the full details will be made available at the next briefing.
On the operations from the North-Central zone, Maj. Gen. Enenche said in a bid to curb the recent attacks and isolated killings in Southern Kaduna, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN have continued to intensify efforts aimed at securing the lives and property in the general area.
He disclosed that Special Operations Forces have been deployed to the Joint Operations Area covering the various flash points.
The move, the DHQ Media Coordinator added, is expected to achieve the desired result with the provision of credible and actionable intelligence specifically from primary sources.
He enjoined the locals to cooperate with the security agencies by availing them with the required information that will be useful for collective objective of taking out the criminals from the area.
“For the week under review, the overall outlook shows enhanced effort by the security forces with a commensurate degraded action on the part of the enemies of the Nation.
“The positive signal is connected to the directive by the Commander in Chief to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies tackling the various security challenges in the Country” he noted.
On the NORTH-WEST ZONE, “Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have continued the aggressive clearance operations in the entire North-West zone of the country.
For the past one month we have witnessed downward trend in the activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the general areas of Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto and adjoining states.
Most of these criminal elements have been decimated. Gradually there is restoration of human activities in the zone.
Farmers have returned to their farms while other economic activities have picked up across the zone.
The troops have continued to dominate the general area with clearance patrols, aggressive fighting patrols and confidence-building patrols.
The High Military Command congratulates the troops for the feat recorded and encourages the good people of the zone to continue to provide credible information to the troops.
Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE have intensified the fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering in the zone with significant successes.
Within the period under review, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER patrol team discovered an Illegal Refining Site at Yellow Platform off Onne, Rivers State.
The site had 2 metal reservoirs laden with an estimated 314.49 barrels of crude oil and 90,000 litres of illegally refined AGO. Accordingly, the site was deactivated.
Similarly, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA patrol team located an Illegal Refining Site along Lokpobiri in Burutu LGA of Delta State.
The site had 23 ovens, 15 surface metal storage tanks and 9 dug out pits cumulatively laden with about 195,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined AGO.
Also, a speed boat laden with 4 sacks containing unspecified quantity of illegally refined AGO and 3 pumping machines, were found at the site.
Accordingly, the site was deactivated while the speed boat with its content was recovered to the Base.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria will sustain the onslaught against economic sabotage.
The general public is hereby enjoined to continue to provide timely and credible information to the troops.
SOUTH WEST ZONE
In the South West zone, Troops of Operation AWATSE impounded a wooden boat with a sack containing 45 jerrycans of 25 litres, one 2.2 inches capacity hose of about 300 metres in length at Ibeshe area.
The items were evacuated to ATLAS COVE camp.
Troops also arrested a suspect in possession of some jerrycans of product suspected to be PMS and at Abule glass.
The suspect was handed over to Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol team.
He is currently in custody at the Base while arrangements are ongoing to hand him over to appropriate prosecuting agency.
Troops have continued to dominate the general area with clearance and aggressive patrols while maintaining surveillance to rid the area of pipeline vandals and other economic saboteurs.
NORTH EAST ZONE
In the North East zone, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to sustain the tempo in the fight against terrorism in the zone with attendant successes.
Within the period under review, gentlemen of the press you could attest to the fact that there has been reduction in the number of incidences recorded so far from the zone.
That is an evidence of own troops overwhelming superiority over the criminal elements which have drastically degraded the operational capabilities of the BHT/ISWAP elements.
Troops have also sustained the clearance operations, aggressive patrols and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions, sustained air offensive operations as well as artillery and aerial bombardments in the theatre of operation” Gen. Enenche stressed.
The Military High Command therefore congratulate all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies for the feat recorded in various operations across the country.
It encouraged the Troops to remain determined and sustain the tempo in curtailing the activities of terrorists, armed bandits and other criminals.
The High Command of the Armed Forces also reassures the general public of its unwavering commitment to securing the country for all human activities to strive.
It enjoined the general public to continue providing timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the nearest military and other security agencies location for prompt and effective action.