The Nigerian military high command, Defence Headquarters (DHQ), on Thursday, revealed that the military operation in the North East has heavily depleted the fighting force of Boko Haram insurgents as well as that of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, Director of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), disclosed this while briefing Defence Correspondents in Abuja.
Onyebuko who briefed the press on behalf of the military said that this was the result of the intended operations conducted in the theatre by the headquarters of Operation HADIN KAI, which has yielded tremendous results.
He disclosed that the troops killed 27, arrested 54, Recovered 35 assorted arms, while 1,000 insurgents and their families also surrendered to troops at different locations, during the military operations nationwide, between July 29 and August 12, 2021.
The DDMO said that the results were evidenced in the number of casualties and massive surrender of terrorists in Buni Yari, Gorgore, Baga and Monguno Towns as well as Maiduguri – Baga Road, Maiduguri – Damboa Road and Bula Yobe – Darel Jamel Road.
He said operations were also carried out at Kayamri and Mairari villages as well as Monguno and Kukawa Towns, all in Borno State.
“Cumulatively, the operations led to the neutralization of 27 BHT/ISWAP fighters, arrest of 51 BHT/ISWAP terrorists, 3 terrorists’ collaborators as well as recovery of 35 assorted arms and 1,051 round of ammunition including AK-47 and FN rifles, Dushka anti-aircraft guns, GPMG, PKT guns, 60mm mortar tubes, Makarov pistol and other machine guns, amongst other items.
In addition, 29 abducted civilians were rescued within the period under review. Gentlemen no fewer than 1,000 terrorists and their families comprising adult females and children surrendered to their own troops at different locations in the North East.
Notable among them are the notorious BHT bomb expert named, Musa Adamu aka Mala Musa Abuja and his deputy, Usman Adamu aka Abu Darda. This has in no small measure depleted the BHT fighting force.
With these exploits, General Onyeuko said that Operation Hadin Kai was living up to its billing in the theatre”.