Troops neutralizes 177 terrorists, recovers 170 weapons, 4,692 ammunition

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By Joy Odor

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Friday informed that the troops of Nigeria Armed Forces neutralised 177 and arrested 263 persons.

This is even as the Troops also arrested 41 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 158 kidnapped hostages.

Major General Edward Buba, the Director Defence Media Operations (DDMO) who made this known in a press statement in Abuja said troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Five Hundred and One Million Eighty Nine Thousand Four Hundred Naira (N501,089,400.00) only.

According to him, the troops recovered 170 assorted weapons and 4,692 assorted ammunition.

“The breakdown as follows: 6 PKT guns, 63 AK47 rifles, 3 FN rifles, one SMG rifle, 29 locally fabricated gun, 37 dane guns, 20 pump action guns, one short double barrel gun, 2 double barrel guns, 2 single barrel guns, one locally made single barrel, 6 locally fabricated pistols, 4 bandoliers, RPG bombs, RPG charger, 2 primed IEDs and materials.

“Others are: 2,100 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,239 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 419 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 212 rounds of 5.56 x 54mm ammo, 722 live cartridges, 13 empty cases of 7.62mm ammo, 74 AK47 magazines, 2 FN magazines, 6 baofeng radios, 17 vehicles, 43 motorcycles, 31 mobile phones and the sum of N2,149,700.00 only amongst other items.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 20 dugout pits, 32 boats and 32 storage tanks.

“Other items recovered include 58 cooking ovens, 17 vehicles, one pumping machine, 5 mobile phones and 49 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 1,007,115 litres of stolen crude oil and 141,664 litres of illegally refined AGO” he said.

The DDMO maintained that the military is combating terrorism and other forms of insecurity across the operational theatres in the country. Our role in the ongoing war is clear and we are increasingly making progress.

Maj Gen Buba affirmed that the Troops are taking the fight to the terrorist and making significant strides each passing day.

“Much is being done, however we are focussed on doing much more to address the security situation and safeguard citizens” he stressed.

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