Massive operations conducted by the Nigeria Army have led to the destruction of many camps erected by bandits, leading to the recovery of abducted persons, rustled animals and others things.
This was disclosed Monday by the Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko. The Defence Headquarters also said 13 Boko Haram terrorists and 23 of their family members have surrendered to troops in Borno State.
Brig.-Gen Onyeuko described the clearance operations as a fulfillment of the mandate handed down to the army to clear all criminal elements in the Northwest, adding that troops arrested two suspects Abdullahi Lawal and Bala Saidu in connection with selling rustled cattle.
It would be recalled that the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche had on Sunday said in a statement that terrorists and their relatives consisting of six women and 17 children surrendered to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state.
Enenche said the terrorists surrendered under sustained aerial bombardment and clearance operation by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and that the suspects and their family members, who surrendered, were receiving medical attention at a military medical facility.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies remain resolute, determined and committed to sustaining the tempo of the operations,” he said.