The Defence Headquarters says troops have arrested two suspected terrorists collaborators at Access Bank, PZ Branch in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State while trying to withdraw the sum of Fourteen Million Naira (14,000,000.00) deposited into the account of one Alhaji Abubakar, a suspected terrorist financier.
The Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, disclosed this during the bi-weekly briefing on troops activities and operational successes being recorded in the various operational theaters of the six geo-political zones of the Country.
The director added that troops neutralised two key Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province commanders identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida (A Qaid) at Parisu and Sheruri general area in Sambisa forest respectively.
Similarly, he stated that several terrorists were neutralized while several structures were destroyed after an air strike at Somalia in Sambisa Forest.
He said similar operation was carried out on terrorist enclaves at Abdallari, Mafa, Zanari and Tumbun Baba and that the airstrikes led to the neutralization of several terrorists with several of their structures destroyed in the strikes.
Furthermore, he said troops in conjunction with vigilantes carried out raid operation in the hideout of the outlawed cultist group known as Sara Suka boys, at Rikkos and Nassarawa in Jos Local Government Area of Plateau State and arrested six suspects.
According to him, the Items recovered from them include 3 locally fabricated rifles, 5 mobile phones, 4 hammers, 5 cutlasses, 6 knives, 1 fragmental jacket among others.
“All arrested suspects and recovered items were handed over to the relevant authority for further action”, he said.
Speaking further, Major General Danmadami said during the period under review, two suspected gun runners enroute Onitsha to Abuja were arrested by personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency along Okene-Lokoja road in Kogi State.
He declared that Items recovered from the suspects were 12 pump action guns and 374 cartridges.
He noted that the arrested suspects and recovered items were handed over to the Nigerian Police for further action.
Equally, he said troops in conjunction with the Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on 18 September 2022 raided a suspected drug barons residence at Solebo Estate, Ipakodo in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State and that during the operation the troops arrested 4 suspected drug barons and a foreign national with 1,855kg of substance, suspected to be cocaine worth about Two Hundred and Seventy Eight Million Dollars ($278,250,000.00) equivalent of about N184,700,000,000.00.
“Cumulatively, within the weeks in focus, troops recovered 1,953 bags of 50kg foreign rice, 212 jerrycans of 30 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, 2a as vehicles, 2 wooden boats and 1 motorcycle as well as arrested 3 suspected smugglers. Furthermore, operatives of the Nigerian Custom Services along Ijebu Ode-Ibadan road in Ijebu Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State, intercepted a truck containing 20 drums of calcium carbide and 41 pairs of military camouflage. All recovered items were handed over to the Nigerian Custom Services while the arrested 2 passenger boats with the 13 teenage girls and the 2 suspected traffickers were handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for further action”, he said.