Military Kills Four Notorious Terrorist Commanders

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News Investigators/ The Defence Headquarters on Saturday confirmed the killing of four notorious terrorist commanders in air strikes within the week.

A statement by the Director, Defence Operations, Edward Buba said those neutralised includes Michika, a Boko Haram bomb expert and younger brother of notorious terrorist, Dogo Gide.

The four notorious terrorist commanders killed are Machika, Haro, Dan Muhammadu, and Ali Alhaji Alheri, popularly called Kachalla Ali Kawaje.

Mr. Buba, a major general stated that Haro and Dan Muhammadu were specialist in kidnapping and assault operations, respectively.

He said a synchronised strike between air and ground forces aimed at the same target on December 11 killed Kachalla Kawaje, a popular terrorist leader responsible for the abduction of the students of the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara.

He added that Mr. Kachalla was neutralised in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State along with many of his foot soldiers.

According to him, the military is fast closing in on others and they will equally suffer the same fate.

Mr. Buba said air assets conducted aggressive air flights on confirmed locations active with the movement of terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers.

He added that the strikes carried out resulted in the killing of over 38 terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers, while 159 others were arrested.

The defence spokesman noted: “The armed forces is hunting down prominent terrorist leaders and engaging them wherever they are hiding.

“The military will continue to take the fight to the terrorists and their cohorts until they are destroyed or surrendered.”

In the South East, Buba said the troops, in conjunction with other security agencies, on Wednesday, apprehended a prominent commander of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

He said the commander, one Uchechukwu Akpa, was arrested alongside three other sub- commanders – Udoka Anthony Ude, Ikechukwu Ulanta, and Ezennaya Udeigewere.

He disclosed that the three suspects were arrested after a raid on their hideout at Christ the King Catholic Church, Ameta Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The defence spokesperson added: “They gathered to plot to take over the leadership of IPOB/ESN Auto Pilot Command, Enugu State Chapter, from the apprehended former Commander, known as ‘Chocho’. They also planned to attack troop locations.

“During the raid, Mr Akpa sustained a gunshot wound while trying to escape.

“He was the Second in Command to Chocho, a notorious IPOB/ESN leader currently in custody.

“Subsequently, another raid connected with the arrest was conducted on Dec. 14 where troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle, Two AK 47 Magazine, 25 rounds of 7.62mm NATO special ammunition and one Pump action rifle.

“The operations of the week in focus, equally resulted in the arrest of 66 perpetrators of oil theft and the rescued of 89 kidnapped hostages.”

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