Troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army have in a co-ordinated operation in Kaduna and Niger States, cleared insurgents and violent extremists from several hideouts, neutralising many and making significant recoveries.
In a statement by acting deputy director, Army public relations 1 Division, Lt Colonel Musa Yahaya says in Niger State on December 23, troops set out to clear the remnant of insurgents, and made contact at Madawaki of Shiroro LGA, where 2 insurgents were neutralised and others fled with gunshot wounds.
Troops proceeded to the camp of eliminated insurgent leader-Ali Kachalla, where his foot soldiers absconded on sighting the troops, leading to the rescue of 13 male victims, kidnapped in October this year.
The troops further projected to another insurgents camp dominated by Alhaji Laye which was deserted and destroyed. Troops returned to Madawaki where an insurgents storehouse was discovered with assorted soft drinks, cartons of bottled water, liquid peak milk and energy drinks among others.
In a follow-up operation in Kaduna State, troops neutralised 3 insurgents at Maidaro in Birnin Gwari LGA on December 23 where they recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, one dane gun and two motorcycles.
In kidandan-Yadi area of Birnin Gwari, troops operation also led to the destruction of insurgents camp, neutralising 5 insurgents and recovered 12 motorcycles in the firefight.
Also, troops operating at the Kachia axis on December 21 in response to a kidnap incident successfully launched an ambush along Maro junction and made contact with kidnappers, neutralised 3 of them, while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Troops recovered the sum of fifteen thousand naira, two mobile phones, one motorcycle and two cutlasses.
In the same vein, in the early hours of 24th December, acting on credible intelligence, troops ambushed insurgents at Kwanar Batero in Kaduna State and neutralised one insurgent, recovering one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, 5 rounds of 7.62mm, 3 motorcycles and one baofeng radio.
The General Officer Commanding 1 Division and Force Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Major General Valentine Okoro has expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded in the operations, and commended them for the feat, while charging them troops to deny all criminal elements in the division’s area of responsibility, freedom of action.