Nigerian army troops have killed no less than 13 commanders of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) banned for their “criminal” activities in the southeastern area.
Troops also recovered a voter registration capture machine belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a few other items.
Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, the director of defense media operations, disclosed this to reporters during a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Danmadami explained that the army, in collaboration with other security agencies, continued to curb the activities of the banned groups because they made life unbearable for the inhabitants of the area.
He said: “During the week in question, troops neutralized 13 IPOB/ESN criminals, arrested six, including their herbalist.
“Troops also recovered eight AK47 rifles, seven pump action pistols, three locally made pistols, one sniper rifle, 15 7.62mm special rounds, 13 7.62mm NATO rounds, eight rounds of 9mm ammunition and five cartridges.
“Other items recovered are three pairs of combat boots, two pairs of camouflage uniforms and two camouflage jungle hats.
“Also recovered are two CCTV cameras, an INEC image capture machine, an INEC box, two walkie-talkies, a transistor radio, three solar panels, motorcycles, vehicles, among others.
“All apprehended criminals and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action.”
Speaking further, the military officer also disclosed that the troops attached to Operation Delta Safe have destroyed 44 illegal refining sites in the Niger Delta region due to the continuous theft of oil from the area.
He noted that the troops also apprehended 29 suspected oil thieves during land, sea and air operations in streams, villages, communities, waterways, towns and villages in Delta, Bayelsa States. and Rivers.
According to him, the conduct of Operation Octopus Grip discovered and destroyed 32 wooden boats, 73 storage tanks, 129 cooking ovens and 40 dugout pits.
He added that the troops also recovered 512,000 liters of stolen crude oil, 114,500 liters of illegally refined AGO, 1,000 liters of PMS, 40 vehicles, three motorcycles, three generators and five pumping machines.
“Troops also arrested 29 criminal elements and recovered 104 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. Notably, on November 7, he conducted an air interdiction at Abacheke, an identified illegal refining site where significant human activities were confirmed.
“As a result, the target was engaged and destroyed while an airstrike led to an inferno that lasted nearly 24 hours,” he said.