By Milcah Tanimu
The military high command announced on Friday the successful arrest of the leader of the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorist group in the North Central and North West Zones. While the identity of the captured terrorist leader was not disclosed, the military emphasized that he is now in custody.
In a statement by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, it was revealed that the joint efforts of the military and the Department of State Services (DSS) led to the apprehension of the terrorist leader. The military’s commitment to targeting the leadership of terrorist groups aims to neutralize their capacity and eliminate threats to citizens’ safety and security.
The statement highlighted the impact of air operations in the regions, resulting in the destruction of terrorists’ enclaves. Additionally, Maj. Gen. Buba reported significant achievements in ongoing military operations, including the neutralization of 52 terrorists, the arrest of 204 individuals associated with terrorist activities, and the rescue of 234 kidnapped victims.
In the South-South region, the military denied oil thieves an estimated sum of N668 million. Operations in the Niger Delta area led to the destruction of illegal refining sites, boats, storage tanks, vehicles, and other facilities associated with oil theft. Troops recovered stolen crude oil, illegally refined AGO, and DPK during these operations.
The military’s actions demonstrate a continued commitment to dismantling terrorist networks, ensuring the safety of citizens, and addressing security challenges across the country.