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Troops recover 8 guns in terrorists’ hideouts raid in Abuja

By Paul Michael

Troops of the Nigerian Army’s Guards Brigade have raided suspected terrorists’ hideouts at Dei Dei Abattoir in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, and in Gwagwalada Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Recall that the Guards Brigade, which is responsible for protecting the president, was in July ambushed by terrorists in Bwari, Abuja, killing no fewer than three soldiers.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Musa Danmadami, disclosed this during a bi-weekly press briefing on Thursday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, saying the hideouts were raided on August 13.

Danmadami further stated that troops of operation Whirl Punch operating in the north-central have sustained the momentum to deny terrorists freedom of action in their joint operation area.

“Consequently, between 13 – 18 August 2022 the air component of Operation WHIRL PUNCH conducted air interdiction operations at terrorists enclaved in Kurebe in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State,” the statement further read.

“The air strike was on the terrorists who had assembled for a meeting hosted by a notorious terrorist leader Aminu Duniya, Report revealed that the air strikes resulted in the neutralization of several of the terrorists.

“Similarly, between 14 – 17 August 2022, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in conjunction with vigilantes and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp conducted operational activities at Mum village, Garga District, in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State, as well as Mariri Town, Kauru Local Government Area and Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“During the operations, 21 suspected terrorists, 7 suspected kidnappers and 3 suspected vandals were arrested at different locations, while 7 terrorists were neutralized with 12 civilians rescued from the kidnappers’ den. Items recovered from the suspects include 3 motorcycles, 8 mobile phones, some quantity of illicit drugs and the sum of N60,000.00

“Furthermore, between 14 – 18 August 2022 troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE in conjunction with the Department of State Service conducted raid operation at bandit’s camps at Ankya Village, ZakiBiam town in Ukum Local Government Area, Mahaga Community in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, as well as Jamata in KotonKarfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.

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“During the operation, a notorious bandit identified as Timothy Nwagaga (aka Ambiju) was arrested at Zaki Biam town in Benue State. It was revealed that the suspect is a gang member of a notorious bandit know as Anhie (aka short man) who has been on troops wanted list,” he stated.

The spokesperson also stated that a wanted gun runner, Naziru Mohammed, was also said to have been arrested at Murtala Mohammed Bridge in Koton Karfe LGA of Kogi state.

Danmadami said items recovered during the operation include 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, a large sum of money, two mobile phones, one tricycle and one motorcycle.

He added that all recovered items have been handed over to the relevant authorities for further action.

Danmadami also explained that troops engaged terrorists in their hideouts in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji recorded a major success in the ongoing fight against terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in this zone. On 13 August 2022, in a coordinated joint operation by the land and air component, terrorist enclaves around Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State were engaged. Intelligence revealed that the terrorists had planned to attack villages within the vicinity where there were operating.

“Consequently, own troops leveraged on the report and conducted clearance operation against the terrorists that resulted in the neutralization of several of the terrorists while others fled with severe gunshot wounds.

“Items recovered include 2 GPMGs, 3 AK47 rifles and 7 motorcycles. Furthermore, troops raided terrorist hideout at Bida village market in Chikun Local Government Area, Zaria-Ikara road around Kwari village in Ikara Local Government Area, Kaya-Giwa in Giwa Local Government Area, Kabode forest in Kachia Local Government Area all in Kaduna State. During the operations, troops arrested 37 suspected terrorists, recovered 11 motorcycles, 8 cutlasses, 3 mobile phones and rescued 8 civilians,” he added.

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