By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Nigerian Military said its operations of the last one week, resulted in 50 neutralized terrorists while 114 of them were arrested.

Major General, Edward Buba,
Director Defence Media Operations, stated this on Thursday in Abuja, while giving update on military operations in the country.

He added that troops also arrested 19 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 49 kidnapped hostages.

“In the SS, troops denied oil theft of the estimated sum of Nine Hundred and Sixty Eight Million One Hundred and Sixty Thousand Fifty Naira (N968,160,050.00) only.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 65 assorted weapons and 400 assorted ammunition. The breakdown are as follows: 25 AK47 rifles, 4 locally fabricated rifles, 4 pistols, 6 pump action guns, 12 dane guns, 3 AK47 rifles loaded with 50 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo among others.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 54 dugout pits, 66 boats, 138 storage tanks, 253 cooking ovens, 2 pumping machines, 8 speedboat, 17 hoses, 18 drums, 2 cylinders and 53 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 983,350 litres of stolen crude oil, 144,980 litres of illegally refined AGO and 71,650 litres of DPK.

“It is clear that some of the the safe havens from which these insurgents and terrorists operate from often extend across the borders with other countries, thereby making it a regional issue. Nevertheless, the objective of ongoing operations is to ensure these safe havens are completely destroyed within the shores of the country.”

He said the military will continue to fine tune its operations to ensure maximum protection of citizens and restore security across the country.

“We are getting it right and continue to encourage citizens that know something to say something, so that we can do something about it. Together we win the fight.”

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