Military highlights successes recorded in first quarter of 2024 …. Top Terrorists Commanders, several others eliminated …. 2,308 arrested, hostages rescued, ….. arms/ammunitions recovered

The Nigerian Military has said assured that armed forces are ready, prepared, equipped and focused on how to phase out terrorists and their cohorts in the ongoing military onslaught against criminal elements across Nigeria.


This was disclosed by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Brig General Edward Buba while briefing Journalists on the successes recorded in the Joint Task Force Operational Activities From January – March 2024.


He maintained that the ongoing military operations has yielded positive results as several Top terrorists Commanders and their cohorts were neutralized while assorted arms and also ammunitions were also recovered.


He said “Surely, we have been collecting intelligence, hunting them and striking them where they maybe hiding and hibernating. Our aim is to kill this terrorist and the infrastructure that supports them.


“Accordingly, we have employed significant firepower to neutralize several terrorists and disrupt their activities.Indeed, significant terrorist commanders killed include and is not limited to the following: Abu Bilal Minuki (aka Abubakar Mainok) – Head of Is-Al Furqan Province (ISGS and ISWAP) and Haruna Isiya Boderi. He was a notorious terrorists who operated along Birnin Gwari Forest in Kaduna State as well as the Abuja Kaduna Highway. He was killed by troops in 21 Feb 24.


“Others are : Kachallah Damina ( Neutralised in Mar 24, by troops. He was neutralised alongside over 50 combatants), Kachallah Alhaji Dayi, Kachallah Idi (Namaidaro), Kachallah Kabiru (Doka), Kachallah Azarailu (Farin-Ruwa), Kachallah Balejo,

Kachallah Ubangida, Alhaji Baldu among several others.



“The above was achieved through synchronized strikes between the ground and air forces on terrorist enclaves. For instance, lmmediately upon acquisition of vital targets, fighter jets are scrambled to carry out major bombarding raids on significant terrorist enclaves.



“Troops equally conducted ambushes, raids, fighting patrols and offensive against the terrorist. The attacks and offensive actions by troops during the period Jan _ Mar 2024 resulted in 2,351 terrorists neutralize , 2,308 persons arrested and 1,241 kidnapped hostages rescued. Furthermore, troops recovered 2,847 weapons, 58,492 ammunitions and denied the oil theft of an estimated sum over N20 bn (N20,331,713,910.00) only.


“Breakdown for the period includes and is not limited to the following: 1,497 AK47 rifles, 33,878 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 12,698 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 948 assorted arms and 5,520 assorted ammo.


“Others are 21,573,310 litres of stolen crude oil, 2,723,430 litres of illegally refined AGO, 53,300 litres of DPK and 52,730 litres of PMS amongst other item.



Buba concluded that the recorded successes demonstrated that ongoing military operations across Nigeria are effective and result oriented.


He added that the military is raising the bar in the prosecution of the war,Consequently, citizens will continue to witness the incremental effectiveness and efficiency of the armed forces.




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