The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Saturday in Abuja said that troops,
operating in the North-East, have captured a massive armoury with arms
and ammunition belonging to insurgents.
This information is contained in a statement signed by Maj-.Gen. Chris
Olukolade, Director of Defence Information/Coordinator of the Joint
Information Centre Counter Terrorism Campaign.
Olukolade said that a dump of the terrorists was sighted in one of the
camps, around the Lake Chad area, that fell on Friday night in the
ongoing counter terrorism operations.
He said the large quantities of weapons recovered in the raid were
still being evacuated from the scene of the night raid where several
terrorists also were killed.
‘ Similar operations took place in other camps, in coordination with
the troops of Multi-National Joint Task Force.
‘These camps are located on the outskirts of Duguri, Polkime,
Malafatori and other locations around the fringes of Lake Chad.
‘Substantial money in different currencies and denominations were
also recovered from the camps, ” he said.
Olukolade said that seven terrorists were captured in the operation
during which a soldier died while five were wounded.
He also said that troops conducting ‘Cordon and Search’ for
remnants of the terrorists, who attacked Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri on
Friday, also had an encounter with some of the surviving terrorists.
According to him, the encounter was in the general area of Kayamla and
Alu Dam on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
‘More of the terrorists have been killed and arrested in the ongoing
‘Those captured in the encounter are providing useful information
towards the discovery of other hideouts of the daring terrorists.
‘ It has been revealed that the terrorists are now desperate to
either free or kill the ones being detained with a view to averting or
preventing further revelations about their operations and hideouts as
this has been frustrating their plans lately,’ he added.
The Coordinator said more bodies of fleeing terrorists have also been
discovered along the routes of their escape.
He said troops’ morale and fighting spirit have been further boosted
by the outcome of the operations so far.