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Troops Destroy Notorious Terrorists’ Den, Exhume Victims Bodies In Imo

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Troops of the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri, destroyed the den of notorious terrorists led by one Monday Ogu popularly called ‘B44’.

 

The troops also exhumed corpses believed to be the terrorist’s victims, buried in shallow graves near the den, at Ezioha Community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the operation, the Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Usman Lawal said the exercise was carried out by his gallant officers following intelligence reports.

He said the camp, strategically located on the bank of the Njaba River overlapped three council areas of Imo, namely Njaba, Oru East and Mbaitoli where the criminals carried out attacks.

He listed the attacks to include kidnapping for ransom, robbery of kidnap victims’ valuables and burning of their vehicles as well as killing of the victims most of whom were buried in shallow graves.

The Commander added that the terrorists also vandalised vehicles belonging to their victims and sell off the vehicles’ parts while burning the vehicles beyond recognition.

He called on residents of the state to furnish security agencies with useful information that will lead to the location and decimation of terrorists and other criminal elements in their domain.

“Our aim is to clear camps of criminal, irredentist elements and restore peace to the communities so that the people can return to their communities and resume normal life.

“Following the clearance of the terrorists’ hideout by our gallant troops, we have exhumed the dead bodies of the victims for a thorough forensic assessment so that where possible, we can trace them to their families and hand them over for a befitting burial,“ he stated.

The Commander hailed his troops for their gallantry in the face of security challenges and urged them never to rest on their oars until peace is restored to the affected communities and Imo at large.

Brig Gen. Lawal, however, thanked the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, and the Imo Governor, Hope Uzodimma for their unflinching moral and logistics support which has created the enabling environment for the activities of the brigade.

He assured the Imo people of his continued commitment to the fight against terrorism to ensure lasting peace, security and socioeconomic development in the state and it’s environ.

 

 

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Army to Provide Personal Homes for Troops Fighting Insecurity

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The Nigerian Army says arrangements are in top gear to provide befitting personal homes for all soldiers fighting various forms of insecurity in the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, made this known at the opening of the First Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference 2024 in Abuja on Tuesday, April 16.

The three-star general, stated that the Nigerian Army is implementing new welfare initiatives to boost  the morale of troops, noting that premiums paid to beneficiaries of various insurance schemes to cater for troops’ dependents in any eventuality have been doubled without any corresponding increase in contributions.

The army chief said the Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers (AHOOAS) is one of such measure, aimed at alleviating the hardship soldiers faced in securing personal accommodation during post-service life.

He also disclosed that he had directed the Post-Service Housing Development Limited (PHDL) to set aside five per cent of the AHOOAS Scheme in each estate for allocation to soldiers with operational-related disabilities.

While emphasizing that this is a way of making the scheme inclusive and sensitive to the plight of soldiers with such challenges, the Chief of Army Staff added that the Nigerian Army will cover all the housing expenses at 100 per cent for the soldiers.

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Troops Deal Heavy Blows to Terrorists in Borno, Zamfara Operations

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Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Army have struck hard against terrorist groups, resulting in the elimination of top leaders and the disruption of their activities in Borno and Zamfara States.

According to a statement released by Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, the Air Component of “Operation Hadarin Kai” (OPHK) carried out airstrikes on April 13, 2024, targeting the hideouts of ISWAP terrorists within Kolleram village, situated along the shores of Lake Chad. The precision airstrike led to the elimination of over 30 terrorists, including senior commanders such as Ali Dawud, Bakura Fallujah, and Mallam Ari. Additionally, the strike destroyed terrorists’ vehicles, motorcycles, and logistical assets, severely crippling their operational capabilities.

Meanwhile, in Zamfara State, troops of the Nigerian Army conducted clearance operations in Maru local government area. Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, reported that acting on credible intelligence, the troops dismantled a suspected terrorists’ operational base. In a fierce gun battle, the troops neutralized 12 terrorists and captured 10 operational motorcycles. The remaining terrorists were forced to flee, signaling a significant setback for their activities in the region.

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Fulani Group, Miyetti Allah Demands Release of President from Custody

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The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a prominent Fulani socio-cultural organization in Nigeria, has fervently called for the immediate release of its president, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, currently held in custody by Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).

In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, Engineer Saleh Alhassan, the group’s Secretary, voiced deep concern over Bodejo’s detention, emphasizing its adverse effects on the journey towards fostering harmony, understanding, and reconciliation among Nigeria’s diverse ethnic groups. Alhassan highlighted the invaluable contributions and wisdom Bodejo could offer to constructive dialogues and the resolution of existing tensions in the country, underscoring the urgency of his release.

“His release is not merely a matter of justice; it signifies a crucial stride towards cultivating an atmosphere of reconciliation, tolerance, and mutual respect among all communities,” explained Alhassan.

The detention of Bodejo traces back to his arrest on January 23 at the Miyetti Allah office in Karu LGA of Nasarawa State, in connection with the unveiling of a vigilante group in the state. Since then, he has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a three-count charge related to terrorism.

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