Thursday, March 28, 2024

Court forced us to release 313 alleged ISWAP terrorists; suspects with Borno government: DHQ

“Accordingly, they were handed over to the Borno state government for further action,’’ The DHQ said.

• March 28, 2024
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The Defence Headquarters says the Maiduguri Division of the Federal High Court ordered the release of 313 terrorism suspects to the Borno government.

DHQ spokesman Edward Buba, who made the clarification on Thursday in Abuja, said the suspects were detained on suspicion, and no evidence was found against them after an investigation.

According to him, the Federal Ministry of Justice prosecuted the cases, wherein the court ordered their release.

“Accordingly, they were handed over to the Borno state government for further action,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the DHQ said troops of Operation Hadin Kai recorded successes against Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, killing scores and arresting their collaborators during the week.

Mr Buba said that terrorists’ commanders and combatants also surrendered to troops in Jere, Chibok, Monguno, Gwoza and Bama LGAs of Borno and Madagali LGA of Adamawa.

According to him, the air component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted multiple air interdiction on terrorists in Arina Woje and Tumbum Shitu near Lake Chad on March 22 and March 24, respectively.

He said, “The locations were observed to be active with terrorists’ activities and logistics. Consequently, the location was acquired and attacked with rockets and bombs, and the Battle Damage Assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised and their logistics destroyed.

“Overall, troops neutralised 52 terrorists, arrested 137 and rescued 78 kidnapped hostages in the Northeast during the week under review. Troops recovered three M56 rifles, 40 AK47 rifles, three PKT guns, 13 fabricated rifles, two hand grenades, one locally made explosive, 889 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo and 310 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.”

The DHQ spokesman added, “Others are 60 rounds of 7.62 x 25mm ammo, 99 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, six AK47 rifles magazines, two M56 rifle magazines, two magazine carriers, one motorcycle, six mobile phones, one HH radio, three bicycles and the sum of N340,500.00 amongst others.” 


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