SUCCESSFUL MILITARY OPERATIONS TARGETING TERRORIST COMMANDERS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

The Defence Headquarters has confirmed the successful elimination of four notorious terrorist commanders in recent air strikes.

The Defence Headquarters has confirmed the successful elimination of four notorious terrorist commanders in recent air strikes. The commanders, identified as Machika, Haro, Dan Muhammadu, and Ali Alhaji Alheri (also known as Kachalla Ali Kawaje), were targeted and neutralized in separate operations. Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, announced this development in a statement released in Abuja.

 

Machika, described as a top terrorist bomb expert and the younger brother of notorious terrorist Dogo Gide, was among those killed. Haro and Dan Muhammadu, specialists in kidnapping and assault operations, were also eliminated in the strikes. Additionally, a synchronized strike involving air and ground forces on December 11 resulted in the neutralization of Kachalla Kawaje, a prominent terrorist leader responsible for the abduction of students from the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara. The operation took place in Munya Local Government Area of Niger, where many of his foot soldiers were also neutralized.

 

Maj.-Gen. Buba emphasized that the military is intensifying efforts to track down other prominent terrorist leaders, and they will face a similar fate. He revealed that aggressive air flights targeted confirmed locations with the movement of terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers, resulting in the killing of over 38 terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers, with 159 others arrested.

 

Furthermore, the statement highlighted the apprehension of a prominent commander of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), in the South East. The commander, Mr. Uchechukwu Akpa, was arrested along with three other sub-commanders after a raid on their hideout at Christ the King Catholic Church, Ameta Mgbowo, in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State. The group was planning to take over the leadership of the IPOB/ESN Auto Pilot Command, Enugu State Chapter, and launch attacks on troop locations.

 

Additionally, the operations led to the arrest of 66 perpetrators of oil theft and the rescue of 89 kidnapped hostages. In the Niger Delta area, troops destroyed numerous illegal refining sites and recovered significant quantities of stolen crude oil and illegally refined petroleum products.


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