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Military destroys 107 illegal refineries in two weeks – DHQ

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Military destroys 107 illegal refineries in two weeks – DHQ

Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have discovered and destroyed 107 illegal refining sites in the Niger Delta region in the last two weeks.

The Director, Defense Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made this known at the bi-weekly news briefing on operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.

Danmadami said the troops had continued to sustain the war against oil theft, illegal refineries and other criminal activities in the Niger Delta through aggressive patrols, raids and clearance operations, amongst other activities.

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He said the operations were conducted at the creeks, waterways, high sea, towns and cities of Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states respectively, which yielded significant results.

“Troops in the conduct of Operation Octopus Grip and Operation Dakatar Da Barawo discovered and destroyed 107 illegal refining sites, 140 storage tanks, 58 reservoirs, 151 ovens, 68 dugout pits and 22 wooden boats.

“Troops equally recovered 561,200 litres of crude oil, 119,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, one fibre boat, five pumping machines, two outboard engines, 10 new geepee tanks, one tricycle and six vehicles while a total of 9 suspected criminals were apprehended.
“All recovered items and apprehended suspects have been handed over the appropriate authority for further action,” he said.

Danmadami said the troops had on March 19, responded to election disruption within Ogbakiri community in Emouha Local Government Area of Rivers State and arrested 12 armed thugs.
He said the troops also recovered four AK47 rifles, one FN rifle, four AK47 magazines, one pistol loaded with two rounds of 9mm ammunition, one pump action gun, four cartridges, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special and one Hilux vehicle.

In South East, he said the troops of the Joint Task Force, Operation Udo Ka, had within the period neutralised seven members Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) criminals and arrested 32.

He said the troops also recovered five AK47 rifle, 29 pump action guns, three dane guns, four locally made pistol, one double barrel gun, two rounds of 9mm ammunition, 188 rounds of 7.62mm special and 46 empty cases of ammunition.

Others, according to him, include seven live cartridges, three magazines, four boafeng radios, 16 machetes, three knives, 14 motorcycles, one vehicle, five mobile phones and several pairs of uniforms and boots.

“All recovered items and apprehended suspects have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” he said.

In South West, Danladami said the troops of Operation AWATSE had continue to clamp down on the activities of criminal elements within the general area of operations.

He said the troops in conjunction with operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), had on March 10, raided Awuyaya and General paints at Ajah general area in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to him, the troops arrested 14 suspected criminals and recovered 5kg cannabis, 7kg illicits drugs, seven bottles of codeine, 6g of tramadol, 5g of methamphetamine and the sum of N3,250 during the operation.

He said the troops also apprehended seven armed thugs attempting to disrupt electoral process on March 18 across the region.

“Troops recovered four AK47 rifles, three Jack knives, one cartridge gun, three mobile phones, one cutlass and 350 sachets of cannabis from the thugs,” he said.

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VIO Mayors Launch Safety Drive Against Reckless Driving

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VIO Mayors Launch Safety Drive Against Reckless Driving

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) is launching “Operation Safety Drive” in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to curb reckless driving and reduce road accidents.

Dr. Yusuf Suberu, Squadron Leader of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) Mayors of the Federation, announced this initiative in an interview with o24news on Sunday in Abuja. The program will enforce traffic regulations, conduct vehicle inspections, and educate motorists on safe driving practices.

Suberu stated that driver actions contribute to 94% of all Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs). The program aims to address this by focusing on drivers’ behaviors such as speeding and inattention.

As part of the safety drive, VIO mayors will deploy inspection teams to major highways and intersections to monitor traffic law compliance. Violating motorists will face penalties, including fines, license suspensions, and mandatory safety seminars.

The VIO mayors will collaborate with local communities and stakeholders to promote road safety awareness and encourage responsible driving habits. Suberu emphasized the collective responsibility for safety and urged motorists to support the initiative.

Running from August 1 to December 31, the initiative will be monitored and adjusted as needed. The aim is to significantly reduce road crashes and enhance safety for all FCT road users.

O24news reports that VIO mayors are volunteers assisting professional traffic managers in the 36 states and FCT to ease traffic challenges through a volunteerism approach.

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263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

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263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) combating insurgency in the Lake Chad region has announced that 263 Boko Haram terrorists and their families have surrendered to its troops. This information was disclosed in a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chief Military Public Information Officer of MNJTF, based in N’djamena, Chad.

Lt.-Col. Abdullahi revealed that the surrenders occurred between July 11 and July 17, 2024, during the ongoing Operation Lake Sanity II. The wave of surrenders initially began on July 1, when five terrorists gave themselves up to MNJTF troops in Wulgo, located on the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Preliminary reports indicate these individuals originated from Tumbuma and Kutumgulla in Marte Local Government Area (LGA), Nigeria.

On the same day, 50-year-old Malum Kori Bukar escaped from the Jibilaram hideout and surrendered to the troops. Additionally, on July 11, 19 terrorists surrendered in the village of Madaya in extreme North Cameroon, and another 11 surrendered in Wulgo from the Tumbuma hideout in two waves.

The following day, July 12, 64 individuals, including 6 adult males, 20 women, and 38 children, surrendered in Bonderi, Cameroon. Moreover, on July 13, 27 terrorists surrendered.

Lt.-Col. Abdullahi noted that preliminary investigations revealed all surrendered individuals were from Nigerian communities. As a result, they have been handed over to the troops of Operation HADIN KAI for further action.

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Defence Headquarters says operational adjustments have been made by the military to prioritise protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known on Friday in Abuja while giving updates on the operations of the armed forces.

Buba said the armed forces had intensified intelligence collection effort targeted at hunting terrorists and striking them where they may be hiding and hibernating.

He said the aim was to eliminate the terrorists and the infrastructure that supports their activities.

According to him, troops will continue to employ significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country.

“Winning the war against the terrorist is non-negotiable,” he said.

Buba said the troops had, in different operations, neutralised 220, apprehended 395 suspects and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages in the last one week.

He added that troops recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition comprising three PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles and 18 locally-fabricated guns.

Also recovered were 16 dane guns, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, two tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier.

Others include 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, and 17 magazines.

In the North-East, Buba said, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 98 suspects and rescued 61 kidnappers hostages.

Assorted arms were also recovered, he added.

In the North-Central, troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 37 insurgents, arrested 102 violent extremists and rescued 113 kidnapped hostages, he said.

In the North-West, Buba said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 78 terrorists, arrested 103 terrorists and rescued 68 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 105 illegal refining sites with 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks.

He said the troops also recovered 215 cooking ovens, two speedboats, 44 drums, three tug boats, three barges, four wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, three motorcycles and six mobile phones.

According to him, troops recovered 1.09 million litres of stolen crude oil, 1.1 million litres of illegally refined AGO, 27,350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS.

“Troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and denied the oil thieves an estimated sum of N1.8 billion,” he said.

In the South-East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 22 terrorists, arrested 37 violent extremists, rescued 15 kidnapped hostages and also recovered a large cache of arms.

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