The Defense Headquatres release a statement regarding troops of operational Hadin Kai, whose operation have degraded the operational capabilities of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram of Nigeria in Borno.
Major General. John Eneche, who is the Coordinator Defense Media operations, clarified what happened to the public press and gave update on the military operations that went on in borno and the current national insecurity challenges across Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), report that the two most dangerous terrorist organizations, Boko Haram and Islamic West Africa Province (ISWAP) had attempted to take control of the local government in Marte, Borno, but were quickly repel by the strong military presence.
Gen. Enenche explained: “The story going round as it were that the base (at Marte) was taken over is not true. The attackers came in through one of the checkpoints at a filling station.
“When they came to that checkpoint in order to attack, the troops there had to do what we call tactical withdrawal.
“That tactical withdrawal is to move away so that they (Islamic West Africa Province and Boko Haram of Nigeria) can now go into the killing ground.
“At times, we have to pull out and draw them into the killing ground, that is what we did and it achieved result. When you do that (tactical withdrawal), you now call for air support.
“Several of them were killed; 13 gun trucks were destroyed at the end of the day.’’
The coordinator added that the capabilities of the insurgents in the North East were being degraded as they no longer had freedom of action within the theatre of operation.
Similarly, Enenche said that between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, troops of Operation Delta Safe, tackling economic crimes in the South-South Zone, demobilised six illegal refining sites and 11 wooden boats.
He said that they also demobilized 52 Gee Pee tanks, 102 metal tanks, 17 dugout pits and 45 ovens belonging to the terrorist groups.
Gen. Enenche said that the troops arrested 24 suspects who are members of Boko Haram and ISWAP In Nigeria, and recovered 14 pumping machines, two-speed boats and 13 outboards.
“Additionally, a total of 9,856.1 barrels of stolen crude oil and 1,339,000 litres of illegally refined AGO (Automated Gas oil), as well as 500,000 litres of DPK (Dual Purpose Kerosene) were recovered.’’
He said that they also arrested two suspected bandits’ collaborators, Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani.
In the North Central, Enenche said that troops arrested two boko haram suspects in Plateau, Nigeria and recovered one locally fabricated AK47 rife from them, one in Kaduna State and one suspected kidnapper in Nasarawa State.