Defence & Security

Troops kill 5 terrorists, rescue boat that lost propelling ability for 32 hours

By Paul Michael, Abuja

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed five Boko Haram terrorists in Gamage village of Borno State, recovering assorted weapons like AK47 rifles among others.

Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, in a statement optioned by The Trumpet on Thursday, confirmed the killing while adding that troops also rescued a 16 meters surfer passenger boat, MV NUE SWIFT, which lost its ability to propel for about 32 hours.

According to Onyeuko, the crew and boat which drifted at Agbara platform while transiting from Forcados to Bonny Mooring on July 5, 2022, were handed over to Forward Base Operation Bonny the following day.

He said, “On 3 July 2022 troops of 24 TF Brigade Operation HADIN KAI made contact Boko Haram terrorists at Gamage Village in Borno State, after the encounter 5 terrorists were neutralized.

“Items recovered include 2 x AK47 rifles, 3 x dane guns, 2 x AK47 magazines, 70 x rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 7 x locally fabricated rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 4 x cell phones, 3 x ATM cards and several bags of assorted foodstuff.

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“In compliance with its role of search and rescue as well as responsibility towards the safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Maritime environment. The Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA of Operation Delta Safe on 5 July 2022 responded to a distress message about the propulsion of a boat on transit in a swift reaction to the message located and rescued the 16 meters surfer passenger boat MV NUE SWIFT belonging to Lagos-based oil service company.

“The boat lost its propelling ability at Agbara Platform while transiting from Forcados to Bonny Mooring and drifted for 32 hours before being rescued by its own troops. Accordingly, the crew and boat were handed over to Forward Base Operation Bonny on 6 July 2022.”

The Army General further stated that the military high command while commending troops on the frontlines for their timely interventions, also encouraged the members of the public to avail troops of credible and timely information on criminal activities.

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