In an impressive display of strength and determination, the Nigerian military has revealed its successful operation in neutralizing a total of 814 criminals and disrupting various criminal activities across the nation in the period spanning from June to August 2023. These operations were aimed at purging the country of terrorist threats, banditry, kidnapping, activities of IPOB/ESN militants, and oil theft, which have been sources of concern.
Under the leadership of the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major-General Edward Buba, the military achieved remarkable results in its efforts to maintain law and order. Across all six geopolitical zones of the country, troops apprehended 1,326 individuals involved in criminal activities. This group consisted of 42 kidnappers, 231 collaborators, 33 armed robbers, 80 cattle rustlers, 325 militia members, 27 rail vandals, 73 gunrunners, 191 suspected oil thieves, and the rescue of 721 kidnapped hostages.
One of the most significant achievements of these operations was the surrender of 4,560 terrorists and their families to the military during this period. This development is a positive step towards achieving lasting peace and security in affected regions.
In the Niger Delta region, the military successfully thwarted oil theft, denying perpetrators the opportunity to steal crude oil and related products, saving an estimated sum of N4 billion. The operations also led to the recovery of a substantial number of weapons, livestock, ammunition, and other equipment. Among the seized items were 501 weapons, 3,577 livestock, 3,269 assorted ammunition, and 674 other equipment, including 117 AK-47 rifles and 28 fabricated rifles.
These commendable achievements demonstrate the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian military to safeguarding the nation and its citizens. It signifies a significant step towards achieving a more secure and prosperous Nigeria. The military’s relentless efforts to combat criminal elements and economic sabotage are vital in maintaining peace and stability in the country.