Destroys 200 camps, 6 soldiers killed, 2 missing
General Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade has said it had arrested over 21 Boko Haram sect members within the North-West zone.
Major General Oyebade stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen on its activities and successes recorded within the North-West zone in the last six months.
He also said that over 37,000 animals had been recovered while no fewer than 294 cattle rustlers and kidnappers were arrested and handed over to the police in various states for prosecution.
The GOC added that over 101 bandits were killed in their operations, over 103 various types of weapons were recovered‎ and over 200 camps were destroyed.
Besides, “We lost six soldiers and 10 critically wounded while several others sustained various degrees of injuries and ‎two of our men are still missing in action.”
On the arrested Boko Haram sect members, the GOC said “quite a lot of Boko Haram members have been apprehended within North-West zone; over 21 were arrested and are undergoing interrogation.”
On the clash between the army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as the Shi’ite group which led to the death of so many persons, he reiterated that the Nigeria Army holds dearly the sanctity of life in securing the territorial integrity of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“We make no apologies to any group that threatens the peace and security of the land and will not hesitate to put such group to check.
“Nigeria Army has no issue with the Shi’ite group which is like any other group in the land. But if any group chose not to obey the law of the land or challenge the authority, it means that that group does not value the sanctity of life and integrity of the land.”
Meanwhile, General Oyebade called on all groups and Nigerians to be law abiding and ensure that law and order were maintained at all times, just as he solicited for their cooperation in terms of providing the army with useful information to track down crimes in the society.

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