By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Thursday, gave the explanation why it won’t converse on the capturing on the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State that left some #EndSARS protesters lifeless and others wounded.
It insisted that stating the army facet of the incident could compromise the findings of the Fee of Enquiry constituted by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
The Lekki tollgate capturing, Tuesday evening, has drawn widespread criticism from each world leaders, the Worldwide Neighborhood and Human Rights Organizations.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Main Normal John Enenche, whereas fielding questions from Defence Correspondents, on the Defence Headquarters Abuja, stated that the stories about troopers capturing and killing protesters is mere allegation for now.
In keeping with Eneche, who was reluctant to reply questions referring to the Lekki incident, urged Nigerians to stay calm and look forward to the result of investigations by constituted panels.
In his phrases, “we’re coping with main operations, something outdoors that is what is known as Operation MENSA, I nmay not need to go an excessive amount of into Operation MENSA as a result of it’s not a significant operation. We’ve got 9 Operations and different subsidiary Operations which I’ve been directed to focus.
“Operation MENSA is strictly below the coverage directive of the assorted states we’ve them all around the nation and it’s the oldest of all Operations. For this Operation you’ve got the Army, Navy Air Drive, Civil Defence and the Police put collectively. So these Operations are nonetheless standing and operating and I’m conscious that the state governments are utilizing them in all these capacities, that’s inside safety, the extent we are actually is inside safety and that’s the reason the Police proactively got here out after which deployed all their Drive package deal which can be essential to deal with that so that’s the place we’re. So if there was something and whether it is true, why am I saying whether it is true as a result of as much as this morning, I even known as analysts who’ve analyzed movies that had been Photoshoped and put collectively, if not that I’m not permitted, I might have forwarded it to you.
“The problem isn’t an operation that I can reply to. However I can let you know that it’s an allegation for now, so allow us to not set the cart earlier than the horse. If the matter was nonetheless open-ended I might have had I response for you however is is now not open-ended, as a result of instantly, not even as much as 5 hours, earlier than midnight the Governor of Lagos arrange an Inquiry, so no matter we are saying now won’t be truthful to the Fee.
In the meantime on replace of army operatiins, Enenche, famous that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and different safety companies have continued their main operations throughout the nation with attendant successes, including that varied operations have progressed satisfactorily in all of the theatres.
Within the North West, he acknowledged that “troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have continued to document important successes towards the armed bandits within the North West zone of the nation. The gallant troops have continued to exhibit continued resilience within the combat towards armed banditry, cattle rustling and different sundry crimes within the zone.
“One of many feats recorded, troops repelled bandits assault at Rawayu village in Kurfi Native Authorities Space of Katsina State on 15 October 2020. In the middle of the encounter, 4 armed bandits had been neutralized whereas others escaped with gunshot wounds. In one other encounter safety operatives along with vigilantes neutralized one Abubakar Haruna, a suspected arms trafficker and recovered 600 rounds of seven.62mm stay ammunition alongside Tsakiya Highway in Dutsinma Native Authorities Space of Katsina State.
“Relatedly, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI on 16 October 2020 arrested a suspected bandit collaborator at Sheme Junction in Bakori Native Authorities Space of Katsina State. Equally, nonetheless on identical 16 October, Ahead Working Base MAGAMI patrol workforce arrested 2 suspected bandits at Magami Market in Gusau Native Authorities Space of Zamfara State on their alleged involvement in an assault the place one particular person was killed and 13 others had been kidnapped on 21 September 2020”.
He continued that, “these successes recorded throughout the interval are evident of the troop’s resolve, doggedness and dedication to finish the safety challenges within the North-West zone. Most people is hereby inspired to supply well timed and actionable intelligence that can help the troops within the operation”.
In the meantime within the Northeast, he disclosed that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have remained resolute within the anti-terror struggle.
“Within the North East zone of the nation, troops of LAFIYA DOLE have remained resolute of their dedication to maintain the tempo of their operational actions. Between 15 and 21 October 2020, collection of floor and air operations had been performed by the gallant troops.
“These embody aggressive clearance operations, cordon and search operations, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions in addition to artillery and aerial bombardments on terrorists’ hideouts at totally different places within the theatre of operation. The cumulative operations of the troops with superior firepower have drastically denied the terrorists’ freedom of motion and decreased their operational capabilities within the zone.
“Notably, on 16 October 2020, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE whereas on clearance operations encountered Boko Haram/ ISWAP at Sawa village in Nganzai Native Authorities Space of Borno State. Through the encounter, 4 terrorists had been neutralized whereas 4 AK47 rifles had been recovered by the troops.
“Because the Land Element conduct aggressive patrols and dominate the zone, the Air Job Drive of Operation LAFIYA DOLE performed collection of air operations with a power package deal of Nigerian Air Drive fighter jets and helicopter gunships as a part of the actions of its subsidiary Operation WUTAR TABKI. A number of air interdiction and surveillance missions had been executed, revealing terrorists’ actions in varied places within the North East.
“This led to the destruction of terrorists’ hideouts and neutralization of scores of their fighters. On 15 October 2020, air strikes had been executed on ISWAP parts’ places with constructions and logistics gadgets, camouflaged below the dense vegetation at TudunWulgo and Tumbun Gini Villages on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State. The air strikes led to the neutralization of a number of ISWAP fighters and destruction of the recognized constructions with their logistics services.
“Equally, on 18 October 2020, air interdiction missions executed by the Air Job Drive led to the neutralization of scores of ISWAP members and destruction of their hideouts at Tsilala Village close to Kaza within the Diwa common space of Borno State. In one other growth, sustained air strikes executed on 19 October 2020 by the Air Job Drive, decimated a number of ISWAP coaching camps and their logistics storage services at Tumbun Barorowa, additionally on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State”.
He maintained additional that, “the downward development in kinetics from the North East is a sign of personal troops superior operational capabilities in addition to cooperation from the populace. Thus, because the Excessive Command of the Army appreciates most people for his or her assist, it additional solicits their cooperation in direction of offering credible and well timed data on terrorists’ actions to facilitate proactive engagements in our operations within the North East zone”.
On the North Central Zone, he revealed that, “the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to take care of the momentum of the combat towards criminality by aggressive clearance patrols, ambushes and raids within the North Central Zone. These profitable kinetic efforts had been supported by Civil Army Cooperation (CIMIC) actions within the type of stakeholders’ conferences amongst the assorted ethnic teams within the zone.
“Throughout the interval below overview, troops of operations WHIRL STROKE and SAFE HAVEN performed a number of clearance operations at recognized bandit’s camps. Notably, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE neutralized 2 armed bandits in Nasarawa State. The Joint Drive whereas on patrol on 18 October 2020 round Kango and Adumata villages got here in touch with a gaggle of armed bandits resulting in alternate of fireplace.
“The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits thereby neutralizing 2 whereas others escaped with gunshots wounds. Troops additionally recovered one AK47 rifle, one domestically made rifle, 6 AK47 magazines, 110 rounds of seven.62mm Particular ammunition and diverse medicine.
“Moreover, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE whereas on raid operations at River Yo-Yo and Tachar villages respectively had contact with armed bandits. Troops responded with superior hearth energy forcing the armed parts to flee into the encircling bushes. The gallant troops engaged the bandits in sizzling pursuit following which 2 had been neutralized.
“In the middle of operation, one domestically made AK 47 rifle, one journal, 7 rounds of seven.62mm Particular ammunition, one Toyota Corolla automobile, some substances suspected to be Indian Hemp in addition to charms had been recovered. Troops subsequently cleared the bandits’ hideout. At present, the gallant troops have dominated the world with aggressive patrols to disclaim bandits freedom of motion.
“Equally, on 16 October 2020, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN deployed at Kuba responded to misery calls about an armed theft alongside Highway Bokkos- Barkin Ladi in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State. Troops engaged the criminals and neutralized one in all them whereas others fled with gunshot wounds. Moreover, troops recovered one domestically fabricated rifle, 2 cellular handsets, one jack knife and 4 rounds of seven.62mm particular ammunition.
“Moreover, on 20 October 2020, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN along with personnel of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) performed a joint raid operation on the residence of suspected drug peddlers at Zamkam, Gamji, Chakwai and Menum villages of Kadarko district in Wase Native Authorities Space of Plateau State. The raid was performed following actionable intelligence on the actions of the drug kingpins on the location. Troops stormed the residence and arrested 6 suspects with a big amount of substance suspected to be Hashish Sativa.
“As a part of CIMIC actions throughout the interval below overview, Headquarters Operation SAFE HAVEN on 15 October 2020, delivered medicine to Rim Major Healthcare Clinic renovated by the Defence Headquarters at Riyom Native Authorities Space of Plateau State”.
“Within the South West zone, Troops of Operation AWATSE have continued to accentuate the combat towards pipeline vandals, financial saboteurs and different felony parts. Troops of Operation AWATSE on routine patrol arrested 2 suspected oil thieves with merchandise suspected to be stolen Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at Agala 1 and Ilado areas of Atlas Cove in Lagos State.
“Troops have continued to dominate the overall space with clearance and aggressive patrols whereas sustaining surveillance to rid the world of pipeline vandals and different financial saboteurs.
“Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE have sustained the aggressive combat towards financial sabotage within the zone with great successes. On 16 October 2020, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER patrol workforce found and immobilized an unlawful refinery containing 321,500 litres of illegally refined oil merchandise at Tuma Creek in Degema Native Authorities Space of Rivers State.
“Additionally, on identical day, Ahead Working Base Bonny patrol workforce immobilized an unlawful refinery containing 54,000 litres of crude oil at Dabara Creek in Bonny Native Authorities of the State”, he confused.
In the meantime, he confused additional that, “in one other growth, troops of Operation SILENT HEAT III have continued to document great successes. Gunboats of Ahead Working Base IBAKA on 17 October 2020 whereas on routine patrol alongside Utan Iyata Creek intercepted and arrested a big wood boat containing 50kg parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled in from the Republic of Cameroon. A complete of 1,637 baggage of 50kg parboiled rice had been recovered and a couple of suspects had been arrested.
“Additionally, on 20 October 2020, Ahead Working Base IBAKA gunboats whereas on routine patrol round Mbo River intercepted and arrested a small sized wood boat laden with 33 drums of merchandise suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit with 2 suspects. Suspects are presently in personal custody and can quickly be handed over to the prosecuting company for crucial motion. From these successes, it’s clear that, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE and different safety companies working collectively stay resolute and devoted of their endeavor to finish the combat towards financial sabotage.
“General, the Army Excessive Command commends all of the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of different safety companies concerned in varied operations throughout the nation for his or her resoluteness, dedication and loyalty. They’re equally inspired to stay unwavering and decisive in curbing the actions of all felony parts within the nation.
“Members of most people are hereby reassured that the Nigerian Army will proceed to deal with the safety challenges to make sure that normalcy is attained in all of the geo political zones of the Nation. Nevertheless their assist is extremely solicited within the space of offering credible data to help our operations.”