Charles Nwoke, Nigeria.
November 5, 2020
Above image courtesy of local news, fair use.
Nigeria Defence Headquarters said troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE under its subsidiary Operation FIREBALL, have arrested a Boko Haram member who tried to purchase weapons for the terrorist group.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Eneche, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the operations of the armed forces in the last seven days.
He said the arrested terrorist, identified as Muhammed Bello, was nabbed in Yobe State, with an AK 47 rifle in his possession.
“Troops of Operation FIREBALL in conjunction with local vigilante arrested a BHT/ISWAP member identified as Mohammed Bello at Damaturu Town in Yobe State.
“The terrorist was arrested while trying to purchase arms and ammunition, while he was in possession of one AK-47 rifle and a magazine.
“The criminal element has been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for necessary action.”
Eneche, who gave a blow-by-blow account on military operations across the country, said five bandits were killed in Katsina during an engagement with troops while one soldier was also lost in the encounter.
“Within the period under review, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY reacted swiftly to a distress call about bandit’s activities that attacked Diskuru village in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. The gallant troops engaged the criminals in a fierce firefight forcing them to withdraw in disarray while 3 bandits were neutralized by the troops as several others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds. During the exploitation phase, 2 additional bandits’ bodies were discovered along their withdrawal route.
“Equally, three women and their infants earlier kidnapped by the bandits were rescued. Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme price in an attempt to save one of the rescued nursing mothers in the heat of the encounter,” he said.
The Defence spokesman said scores of terrorists were also killed during several operations in the North-East.