Soldiers attached to Operation Hadin Kai, have killed a Boko Haram commander, Abubakar Sarki, in Sambisa forest, at Yuwe, Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.
The soldiers in a joint operation carried out by the land and air troops in their conduct of clearance operations, also killed the Amir and spiritual head of the Gaita general area, Mallam Shehu and some of his fighters.
Defence spokesman, Maj-Gen Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this at a press conference at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the successes of military operations across the country between 28 April and 19 May 2022.
He disclosed that as of May 16, 2022, a total of 1,627 Boko Haram terrorists and their families comprising 331 men, 441 women and 855 children surrendered to troops in different places.
The Defence spokesman added that based on intelligence, troops arrested Mallam Modu Goni, a terrorist and logistics supplier at Bunin Yadi Market.
Onyeuko said, “In furtherance to its operational activities, on 17 May 2022, Mallam Modu Pantami was apprehended at the outskirt of Benishied village in the Kaga Local Government Area while attempting to transport a large quantity of logistics items he purchased for onward supply to terrorists at Gomari village in Fere Local Government Area of Borno state.
“Items recovered from him include; two mobile phones, cartons of assorted drugs and injections of different types, five gallons of PMS, 20 turban scarfs, 50kg bags of sugar, three bags of 50kg flour, five cartons of Maltina drinks, 290 sets of female hijabs, 20 females rubber shoes, 325 litres of red oil, 15 sets of Kaftan cloth, five black trousers, five cartons of macaroni, six Cartons of spaghetti, three cartons of sweet, four mudu of date (Dabino), five sacks of soft drinks, four daggers, three cartons of Maggi, one big basket of kola nuts, ten boxes of matches, five sacks of detergent, 10 rubber mats and the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) Naira only.
“Troops conducted ambush operations at the terrorists crossing point at Kaidieri village in the cause of the operation five terrorists were neutralized with assorted weapons and different calibres of ammunition were recovered from the terrorists.
“Consequently, during these operations, troops rescued 63 civilians, neutralized 42 terrorists, and arrested 20 terrorists. Also, recovered were two LMGS, 21 AK47 rifles, 11 AK 56 rifles, 22 MGs, 419 rounds of 7.62mm and 54mm ammunition, one gun turret, 31 AK 47 magazines, three motorcycles, six bicycles, one pumping machine, two bandolier belts containing 377 rounds of 7.62mm and 54mm ammunition and one Isuzu vehicle.”