Troops of Multi National Joint Task Force have neutralised terrorists and recovered arms and ammunition. Chief Military Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, in a statement on Thursday, March 23, 2023, said troops deployed at Gajiram, in Nganzai Local Govt Area of Borno State, also rescued suspected Boko Haram family members made up of 9 women and 8 children.
“Troops of Multi National Joint Task Force have continued their on-slaught for the total defeat of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Lake Basin. In Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroun) troops in conjunction with local vigilante groups conducted ambush operations on BHT logistic suppliers in the general area of Maroua. During the process, they they recovered six bags of assorted foodstuffs and 10 bicycles.
The recovered items were handed over to the local authorities for further action,” the statement read “Similarly, troops of Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) deployed at Gajiram while on patrol along Main Supply Route Monguno rescued suspected BHT family members made up of nine women and eight children. The rescued persons are currently receiving medical treatment and profiling. “Also in the same sector, on 18 March 2023 troops in conjunction with local vigilante (Civilian JTF) arrested a BHT collaborator at Federal Government Girls College Mongonu.
“The collaborator named Umar Goni who is an indigene of Kukawa was arrested while trying to cast his vote in the recently held elections in Nigeria. During the preliminary investigation, he confessed to be an errand boy for the terrorists in Kukawa. Detailed investigation ongoing. “In the same vein, the troops of Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic) continued to dominate their Area of Operation. Between 12 – 13 March 2023, the troops intercepted twenty BHTs around Tegyessa. Relatedly, troops deployed at Bassa base while on patrol intercepted and arrested 10 BHT members.
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“All the suspects are in custody and undergoing preliminary investigation. Relatedly, troops of the same sector while on patrol intercepted thirty six BHTs members in the southern zone of Tamour. To further dominate the general area, the troops conducted night patrol along Ngagam – Djalor axis and during the patrol, one M80 rifle was recovered from a BHT who voluntarily surrendered it to the local authorities in Gueskerou.
“Likewise, during a joint operation named Operation KOUKOURI conducted by the Sector alongside Nigerian troops of Sector 3 dominated Kanama, Bula Buni, Maine, Tam Match 1 and Forest Matali 2. Other areas covered included Dutchi, Cetomani Forest, Alagurno Forest and Guma Saigala where twenty terrorists were neutralized while sixty three suspected BHTs were captured alive. “Items recovered included three AK 47 rifles, one PKM Metal Link with Nineteen rounds of ammunitions, two Improvised Explosive Devices making items, one hundred and twenty nine rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm ammunitions, three Military uniforms, one pair of Ranger kits and two magazines.
Items destroyed included two motorcycles, sixty solar panels, five motorcycle fuel tanks among others were destroyed. “It will be recalled that the Force Commander, Maj Gen Abdul Kalifa Ibrahim has charged the Sectors to maintain their operational tempo and adopt aggressive posture in dealing with the remaining insurgents in order to deny them freedom of action. “The Force Commander commended the troops for this feat and reiterated his commitment in providing necessary supports to defeat the remnant of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists.”