Post Views: 62 The Sector 3 of the Nigerian Army’s Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Mallam Fatori in Abadam Local Government of Borno State said it s...
The Sector 3 of the Nigerian Army’s Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Mallam Fatori in Abadam Local Government of Borno State said it successfully overpowered Boko Haram terrorists who attack troop’s location on the evening of Saturday February 2, 2019.
In a statement on Sunday, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Sector 3, said “various weapons and ammunitions were recovered from the terrorists. Unfortunately, three soldiers were wounded in action and presently receiving treatment at 7 Division Hospital Maiduguri.”
Many of the insurgents, he explained, “were neutralized while several others escaped with gunshot wounds,” when the insurgents came in their numbers, but were humbled by the gallant troops in conjunction with the Air Task Force during a routine defence patrol by the Army.
Reacting, the Commander Sector 3 operation LAFIYA DOLE commended the troops for their gallantry, courage and loyalty in the fight against insurgency stressing that though the job of a soldier is demanding, the nation will always count on their loyalty and determination to end insurgency in the Nigeria.
He reiterated the commitment of the officers and soldiers to bring an end to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, while urging citizens to report the presence of suspected wounded persons within their locality to the nearest security outpost.
In another development, the Army said troops of 8 Division, on Exercise EGWU EKE III, in conjunction with other security agencies, also on Saturday, recovered dangerous weapons from criminals and political thugs during a joint stop and search patrol with other security agencies in Sokoto State.
A total of 16 suspected political thugs were arrested with 27 axes and 16 customised sticks along Illela-Danfulani-Gwadabawa road, a statement by Brigadier General Sanni Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations said.
In the course of the investigation, the statement said a prominent politician in the state and a serving Senator came to the scene and ordered his mobile police escorts to release them.
“In the process, the Department of State Service operative was molested and his clothes torn,” adding that the patriotic and professional officer held on to the seized weapons.
“Similarly, another prominent politician from Zamfara State had earlier tried to influence the investigation of arrested armed political thugs,” the Army added, lamenting the undue pressures and attempts to interfere with investigations, for which it expressed worry for selfish reasons.
The Army said while it will continue being professional, impartial and apolitical, it will not tolerate such disturbing interference, recalling that although “the thugs were documented and handed over to the police. We have noted with great concern that such criminals usually find themselves back into the society without any sanction.
“Consequently, we would like to reiterate our commitment to creating a conducive and secured environment for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country. Therefore, we would not tolerate any undue interference from any quarters in the discharge of this noble responsibility.
“Additionally, we have resolved to hold on to any arrested criminal or armed thugs till the end of the elections. All Commanders have been further directed to continue to carry out their duties diligently, despite the provocation from some misguided elements.”