Troops raid kidnappers’ den, militants’ camp in South West

Troops raid kidnappers’ den, militants’ camp in South West

The Defence Headquarters says the military has raided a kidnappers’ hideout and a militants’ camp in the South West geopolitical zone of the country.


The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this on Thursday in Abuja, in his briefing on military operations across the country.


Enenche said that the military operations were carried out between Sept. 25 and Oct. 7.


He also said that the troops of Operation AWATSE had intensified their offensive against pipeline vandals, economic saboteurs and other criminal elements.


He said the troops of Operation BURST, in conjunction with vigilantes, on Oct. 2, raided the hideout of suspected kidnappers at old Oyo National Park forests in Kishi Local Government Area of Oyo State.


“During the operation, three suspects were neutralised and two others were arrested, while four AK47, one rifles and four magazines loaded with 48 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) were recovered,” he said.


Besides. Enenche said that troops of Operation SAFE CONDUCT in Igbokoda, Ondo State, on Oct. 1 conducted a joint show of force and clearance operation in the riverine areas of Ilaje and Ese-Odo Local Government Areas.


He said the operation was conducted along designated routes and suspected flashpoints.


He said that the team stormed a camp of suspected militants at a creek in Asere, Ese-Odo Local Government Area, Ondo State, during the operation.


“On arrival, the suspects fled into the bush. However, the team conducted a search in the camp and recovered four empty magazines, one locally made pistol, 92 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 56 cartridges and 11 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition.


“Troops have continued to dominate the general area with clearance and aggressive patrols, while maintaining surveillance to rid the area of pipeline vandals and other economic saboteurs,” he said.


Enenche commended the Armed Forces and other security agencies for the feats recorded in various operations across the country.


He urged them to remain determined, while sustaining the tempo in curtailing the activities of terrorists, armed bandits and other criminals.


“The High Command of the Armed Forces also reassures the general public of its unwavering commitment to securing the country for all human activities to strive.


“Members of the general public are requested to provide timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies for prompt action,” he said.

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