JTF theater Op denies terrorist ability to carry out major capability offensive – DHQ

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By Joy Odor

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed that the troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operational from Theater operations across the country has limited terrorist to low level skirmishes and attacks, which were mostly on soft targets.

This is even as the military denied the terrorist the ability to carry out major offensive as well as diminished the terrorist offensive capability.

Major General Edward Buba, the Director Defence Media Operations (DDMO) on Thursday made this known at the Report on Quarterly Review of Joint Task Force Operational Activities from April – June 2024.

He said the Troops of Operation HADIN KAI conducted operations deep in terrorist enclaves in Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns of the Lake Chad Region. The operations targeted terrorist commanders and leaders strongholds.

The operations denied the terrorist the ability to carry out major offensive as well as diminished the terrorist offensive capability. Accordingly, terrorist were limited to low level skirmishes and attacks, which were mostly on soft targets.

Troops of Operation HADIN KAI during the second quarter of the year, neutralised 857 terrorist, arrested 913 suspects and rescued 594 kidnapped hostages. Additionally, troops recorded a total of 4,582 surrendered BH/ISWAP terrorists combatants and their families.

Troops dismantled the terrorist military capabilities by recovering 559 AK47 rifles, 151 fabricated rifles, 181 dane guns, 157 assorted arms, 13,493 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 5,409 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 4,921 assorted ammunitions.

5. Details as follows:

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

1.
Neutralized Terrorists
248
306
303
857

2.
Surrendered BHT/Families
714
1,099
2,769
4,582

3.
Arrested Terrorists
422
199
292
913

4.
Rescued Hostages
163
219
212
594

5.
Recovered Weapons
305
405
283
993

6.
Recovered Ammunition
6,252
9,187
8,613
24,052

7.
Equipment Recovered
205
194
102
501

Air Interdiction. The air component of Operation HADIN KAI in the second quarter of the year conducted air interdictions to terrorists enclaves at Mandara mountain, Maradun, Southern Tumbun Fulani and several other locations in the NE. Several terrorist enclaves and hideouts were destroyed killing terrorist leaders, commanders and foot soldiers as well as destroying their logistics dumps.

JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION SAFE HAVEN (NORTH CENTRAL)

Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN conducted several offensive operations such as raids and fighting patrols during the second quarter of the year. The operations yielded significant successes including: recovery of arms and ammunitions as well as arrest of violent extremists including kidnappers, gunrunners, armed robbers, murderes, imposters as well as cattle rustlers.

8. Additionally , troops in fierce contact with violent extremists/terrorists neutralized several terrorists and rescued several kidnapped hostages. The offensive posture of troops has secured the release of several kidnapped hostages and significantly curtailed the activities of terrorist and violent extremist operating in the area.

9. Overall, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN neutralized 130 terrorist violent extremist, arrested 544 suspects and rescued 277 kidnap hostages. Troops equally recovered 39 AK47 rifles, 37 fabricated guns, 126 assorted arms, 3,852 rounds of 7.62mm special, 827 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 499 assorted ammunitions.

11. Details are as follows:

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

1.
Neutralized Terrorists
32
39
59
130

2.
Arrested Suspects
148
140
256
544

3.
Rescued Hostages
35
77
165
277

4.
Weapons Recovered
65
38
35
138

5.
Ammunitions Recovered
1,504
401
3,156
5,061

6.
Euipment Recovered
38
30
63
131

OPERATION WHIRL STROKE (NORTH CENTRAL)

12. Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE conducted operations to combat security threats posed by banditry, kidnapping, gunrunning, and herders/farmers clashes. The operations significantly mitigated security challenges in Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba States.

13. The key threats faced by troops in the region include, banditry by various militia groups, Farmers/herders clashes between herder militias and indigenes, kidnapping for ransom by suspected herder militia, gunrunning activities by suspected indigenes of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States.

14. However, troops onslaught largely degraded the potency of bandit groups, even though they remain present in the area. Furthermore, troops anticipate communal clashes occassioned by the rainy season. The rainy season usually sets in communal clashes and farmers/herders conflicts which is as a result of increase encroachment on farmlands.

Based on the foregoing,troops with the support of sister services have emplaced measures to minimise these communal clashes. Additionally, troops will continue to optimize operations against terrorist and their cohorts.

Several operations to violent extremists strongholds recorded significant achievements during the second quarter of the year. Overall, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE neutralized 138 terrorist, arrested 377 suspects and rescued 204 kidnapped hostages.

Troops also recovered 63 AK47 rifles, 110 assorted arms, 3,563 rounds of 7.62mm special, 1,524 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 649 assorted ammunitions.

18. Details are as follows:

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

Neutralized Terrorists
60
41
37
138

2.
Arrested Suspects
99
184
94
377

3.
Rescued Hostages
57
48
99
204

4.
Weapons Recovered
100
45
26
171

5.
Ammunitions Recovered
2,144
2,735
879
5,758

6.
Euipment Recovered
74
107
24
205

JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION HADARIN DAJI (NORTH WEST)

The second quarter of the year in OP HADARIN DAJI area of responsibility witnessed
major security threats such as
kidnap for ransom, attack on remote communities and communal clashes. Troops sustained offensive operations to destroy and disrupt terrorists across the NW region.

Troops activities instigated rival clash among the terrorist groups leading to the death of several terrorist commander in battle for supremacy of rival groups. The synergy between the security agencies and intelligence agencies greatly assistsd in the optimizing operational exploits against terrorists in the NW Zone.

Overall, troops of Op HADARIN DAJI neutralized 764 terrorist, arrested 673 suspects and rescued 592 kidnap hostages. Troops also recovered 420 AK47 rifles, 126 fabricated guns, 174 assorted arms, 9,893 rounds of 7.62mm special, 4,678 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 1,239 assorted ammunitions.

Details are as follows;

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

1.
Neutralized Terrorists
297
262
205
764

2.
Arrested Terrorists
141
204
328
673

3.
Rescued Hostages
143
243
206
592

4.
Weapon Recovered
310
253
150
713

5.
Ammunition Recovered
7,989
5,496
3,259
16,744

6.
Equipment Recovered
175
125
123
423

Air Interdiction. Air component of Operation HADARIN DAJI conducted air interdiction to terrorists enclaves/camps in Kankara, Zurmi, Danmusa, Maradun and Gusau as well as other areas within Katsina and Zamfara States. Several terrorist leaders and commanders were wiped off the battlefield via air interdictions conducted.

OPERATION WHIRL PUNCH (NORTH WEST)

Troops of Operation WHIRL Punch intensified effort against terrorist and violent extremist in the conduct of operations. Significantly, offensive operations such as fighting patrols, raids ambushes and clearance patrols were conducted to terrorist hideouts and enclaves. The terrorist were denied freedom of action with their combat capabilities diminished.

Troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH recorded the following in the second quarter of the year. Troops neutralized 170 terrorist, arrested 366 suspects and rescued 178 kidnap hostages.

Troops equally recovered 60 AK47 rifles, 88 assorted arms, 2,016 rounds of 7.62mm special, 924 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 88 assorted ammunitions.

Details are as follows;

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

Neutralized Terrorists
31
56
83
170

2.
Arrested Suspects
69
150
147
366

3.
Rescued Hostages
17
80
81
178

4.
Weapons Recovered
47
53
47
147

5.
Ammunitions Recovered
2,135
870
1,351
4,356

6.
Euipment Recovered
28
19
85
132

Air Interdiction. The air component of Operation WHIRL PUNCH conducted air strikes on terrorists enclave at Mariga, Kabago, Alawa Forest, Kwaki forest, East Getamiya, Katarma, Chikun, Kuduru, Giwa and several other area in which terrorist hibernate within in Niger and Kaduna States.

JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION DELTA SAFE (SOUTH SOUTH)

Troops of Op DELTA SAFE maintained the momentum against the activities of crude oil theft during the second quarter of the year. Troops continued to find and destroyed illegal refining sites as well as arrest the perpetrators of oil theft.

During the period, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE neutralized 14 violent extremist and arrested 455 persons involved in crude oil theft. Troops also denied the oil theft of 9,225,149 litres of stolen crude oil, 2,874,915 litres of AGO, 29,900 litres of DPK and 31,380 litres of PMS.

Furthermore, troops recovered 2,752 assorted weapons and destroyed 243 wooden boats, 2,752 assorted ammunitions and 543 illegal refining sites.

Details as follows:

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

Neutralized Terrorists
9
5

14

2.
Arrested Terrorists
164
81
210
455

3.
Rescued Hostages



4.
Weapons recovered
56
129
39
224

5.
Boats destroyed
74
73
96
243

6.
Ammunitions Recovered
1,501
486
765
2,752

8.
Illegal refining sites
76
223
244
543

9.
Vehicles
23
49
37
109

Air Interdiction. Air Component of Operation DELTA SAFE conducted air interdiction to Degema LGA of Rivers State and other parts of Niger Delta and destroyed over 100 illegal refining sites, boats vehicles among other equipment.

JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION UDO KA (SOUTH EAST)

Troops of Op UDO KA conducted rigorous clearance operation across the SE theatre to frustrate the activities of IPOB/ESN terror group and maintain peace in the region. The operations curtailed the activities IPOB/ESN, being the major cause of insecurity in the SE Region. The other security threat in the SE Region are
illegal bunkering/oil theft activities, weapon/ammunition trafficking, kidnap for ransom, cultism, assassinations and communal clashes.

During the second quarter of the year, , troops of OP UDO KA conducted clearance operations, raids and other offensive activities to tackle the insecurity is the SE Region. Significantly, troops conducted combined operations with other security services and invaded
fortified IPOB/ESN strongest hideout in Mother Valley, Orsu LGA of Imo State.

Additionally, troops effected the arrest of one Monday Oluchi Ogwu AKA B44 Camp. During search of the camp, several corpses in shallow graves were exhumed within the camp vicinity. Additionally, troops arrested high profile member of IPOB/ESN such as one Mr Onwuha Onyebuchi at Agwu LGA of Enugu State. He and several others are assisting ongoing investigation.

Troops also conducted raid on notorious gunrunner and weapon fabricator’s house identified as Chief Solomon a.k.a Ogbuefi at Ebum Eburutu in Abi LGA in Cross River State. All these activities troops greatly diminished the potency of IPOB and cohorts in the SE Region.

Overall, troops of Op UDO KA neutralized 180 terrorist, arrested 354 suspects and rescued 149 kidnap hostages. Ttroops also recovered 28 AK47 rifles, 44 pump action guns, 3,456 rounds of 7.62mm special, 1,402 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 801 live cartridges and 324 assorted ammunitions.

Details are as follows:

Serial
Op Activity
Apr
May
Jun
Total
Remarks

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)
(f)
(g)

1.
Neutralized Terrorists
38
69
73
180

2.
Arrested Terrorists
103
115
134
354

3.
Rescued Hostages
50
32
66
148

4.
Weapons Recovered
54
28
314
396

5.
Ammunitions Recovered
1,509
957
3,358
5,824

6.
Equipment Recovered
34
21
48
103

SUMMARY

In the course of operations, troops of Operation UDO KA neutralized 180 combatants, arrested 354 IPOB/ESN criminals and rescued 148 kidnapped hostages.

Additionally, troops recovered 28 AK47 rifles, 44 pump action guns, 58 assorted arms, 3,456 rounds of 7.62mm special, 1,402 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 801 live cartridges and 324 assorted ammunitions.

OVERALL SUMMARY OF JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATIONS

Details are as follows:

Serial
Op Activity
HK
SH
WS
HD
WP
DS
UK
Total
Remarks

1.
Neutralized Terrorists
857
130
130
764
170
14
180
2,245

2.
Arrested Terrorists
913
544
377
673
366
455
354
3,682

3.
Rescued Hostages
594
277
204
592
178

148
1,993

4.
Weapons Recovered
993
138
171
713
147
225
396
2,783

5.
Ammunitions Recovered
24,052
5,061
5,758
16,744
4,356
2,752
5,824
64,547

6.
Equipment Recovered
501
131
205
423
132
612
103
2,107

SUMMARY

In the course of operations, troops of across Joint Task Force Operations neutralized 2,245 combatants, arrested 3,682 terrorist/violent extremists and rescued 1,993 kidnapped hostages.

Additionally, troops recovered 1,169 AK47 rifles, 713 assorted arms, 36,273 rounds of 7.62mm special, 14,764 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 9,850 assorted ammunitions.

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