Military arrest 266 terrorists, aborted theft of  N2.8b worth of crude, others…DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said troops neutralised 266 terrorists and arrested 463 last month.

It added that  447 assorted weapons and 6,697 ammunition, comprising 237 AK47 rifles, 26 locally- fabricated guns, 18 pump action guns, 55 Dane guns and 6,807 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo were recovered.

Other items recovered by the troops are 421 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 16 rounds of 9mm and 506 live cartridges.

Director of Defence Media Operations  Edward Buba reeled out the figures during his bi-weekly news conference on the operations of the Armed Forces.

In the Southsouth, Buba said troops, recovered 1,832,150 litres of stolen crude oil, 523,799 litres of illegally refined AGO, 16,716 litres of kerosene and 5,200 litres of petrol.

According to him, the troops denied the oil thieves N2.8 billion, which was said to be the value of the products.

He added that 26 oil thieves were also arrested.

Buba advised terrorists/bandits and kidnappers to surrender or be killed, warning that there is no third option.

He said: “Needless to mention, these terrorists are left with only two choices, which is to either be killed or surrender.

“Our goal is to restore peace and security for citizens to have an enjoyable life. We will continue to do that despite the current circumstances.

“Troops will continue fighting with great effort, determination and sacrifice to bring about great results.

“Because our security challenges are mostly self- inflicted. It is pertinent to urge citizens to rise up to the challenge. It is time to stop the bleeding for healing to commence.

“ We urge all segments of society to take examples from our gallant troops in the frontlines fighting to achieve the goal of liquidating terrorists and insurgents across the country to restore peace and security.

“These men and women, are from all the nooks and crannies of our country, and act shoulder to shoulder as a united force to achieve a common cause of destroying camps of violence in the country.”

On a recent video of a soldier complaining  that his N50,000 monthly  salary  was too  small to enable him to visit his family,  the Defence spokesman  said: “The military is governed by its laws, regulations and guidelines, any personnel who contravenes them will be sanctioned accordingly.”

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