Nigerian troops kill 2,403 criminals in 10 months, rescue 864 Kidnapped victims

Nigeria’s Defence headquarters on Thursday gave a comprehensive update on achievements of troops participating in the various ongoing military operations established to tackle various incidents of criminality across the country in the past 10 months.

Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, gave the update of the various operations from March 18 and Dec. 30, in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the troops neutralised 2,403 suspected criminal elements in various operations across the country in addition to scores of other terrorists and armed bandits killed during air strikes in the past ten months.

He also said that during the period under review, troops rescued 864 kidnapped victims across the country.

The coordinator said that 9, 684,797 litres of stolen AGO (diesel) and 33,516,000 litres of DPK (kerosene) were recovered.

“Equally, 1, 910 criminal elements were arrested and large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment were recovered during the period.

“Furthermore, a total of 46, 581.8 barrels of stolen crude oil and 22, 881, 257 litres of stolen PMS (petrol) were recovered by the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,’’ he said.

Giving the breakdown zone by zone, Enenche said that in the North-West, 5,281 livestock, 6,951 rounds of ammunition and 120 assorted rifles were recovered from the bandits during the period.

He added that 455 kidnapped victims were rescued in the zone, while 473 bandits were killed in action in the period under review.

“In the same vein, a total of 461 arrests were made in the Zone including high profile armed bandits, gun runners and bandit’s collaborators, while a total cash of N6, 365, 550 was recovered from bandits and their informants.’’

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