13,243 repentant terrorists have surrendered so far – Military

The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said a total of 13,243 repentant terrorists and their families have surrendered to troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria at different locations in the North East since the commencement of the Hadin Kai operation.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday at a briefing on military operations between October 1 and October 14, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said of the number, about 3,243 were adult males, while 3,868 were women. Children were about 6,234 of the total figure.

He added that no fewer than 29 terrorists had been killed, while 13 terrorists and their collaborators had been arrested.

Onyeuko said, “Consequently, more terrorists have continued to lay down their arms and surrender to our troops with their families, as they could no longer withstand the offensive operations within the theatre. Some of these feats were recorded at Gwoza-Yamtake-Bita road; Gwoza-Farm Centre-Yamtake road; Mandara Mountain area, as well as the Pulka and Hambagda towns, all in Borno State.

“Cumulatively, within the period, a total of 29 terrorists were neutralised and 13 terrorists, including their informants/collaborators and logistics suppliers, were arrested in the course of the operations. Additionally, a total of 38 assorted weapons and 968 rounds of assorted ammunition, as well as 48 rustled livestock, among several other items, were recovered.

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“So far, a total of 13,243 terrorists and their families comprising 3,243 adult males, 3,868 adult females and 6,234 children, have surrendered to our troops at different locations in the North-East.”

He added that troops killed at least 40 bandits and arrested bandits’ collaborators on the wanted list of security operatives in the country during the same period.

Onyeuko said, “Troops of operation Hadarin Daji arrested some notorious armed bandits’ collaborators who have been on the watch list of security agencies namely; Mamuda Aliyu Dangulbi, Rilwan Sani Dangulbi, Yusuf Adamu Dangulbi and Yakubu Umar Maihuja at Dangulbi village in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.

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“These arrested criminals and items recovered have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for necessary action.”

He said that in the period in focus, using a force package of Nigerian Air Force platforms, multiple airstrikes were executed on bandits’ enclaves in successive passes in different locations.

“One of which was at the Kwaga forest within Birnin Gwari general area in Kaduna State. In the course of the operation, no fewer than 40 armed bandits were neutralised and several structures which served as their logistics bases were destroyed,” he added.

Onyeuko said the troops also discovered and shut down a total of 51 illegal refining sites.

The military spokesman said the sites cumulatively had a total of 76 ovens, 52 cooking pots/boilers, 22 cooling systems, 102 reservoirs, 16 large dugout pits and 513 storage tanks as well as drums and sacks laden with illegally refined oil products.

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