The continued on-slaught by troops of the MNJTF in the conduct of operations for the total defeat of the remnants of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists continues to yield impressive results. On 14 Mar 23, troops of Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroun) in conjunction with local vigilante groups conducted ambush operations on BHT logistic suppliers in the general area of Maroua and in the process recovered 6 bags of assorted foodstuffs and 10 bicycles. The recovered items were handed over to the local authorities.
Troops of Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) deployed at Gajiram while on patrol along Main Supply Route Monguno arrested BHT and rescued some families made up of 9 women and 8 children. The rescued persons are currently receiving medical treatment and profiling. Also in the same sector, on 18 Mar 23 troops in conjunction with CJTF arrested a BHT collaborator at FGGC Mongonu. The collaborator named Umar Goni who is an indigene of Kukawa was arrested while trying to cast his vote in the recently held elections in Nigeria. During the preliminary investigation, he confessed to being an errand boy for the terrorists in Kukawa. Detailed investigation is ongoing.
In the same vein, the troops of Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger) continued to dominate their Area of Operation. Between 12 – 13 Mar 23, the troops intercepted 20 BHTs around Tegyessa. Relatedly, troops deployed at Bassa base while on patrol intercepted and arrested 10 BHT members. All the suspects are in custody and undergoing preliminary investigation. In a related development, troops of the same sector while on patrol intercepted 36 BHTs members in the southern zone of Tamour. To further dominate the general area, the troops conducted night patrol along Ngagam – Djalor axis and during the patrol, 1 x M80 rifle was recovered from a BHT who voluntarily surrendered it to the local authorities in Gueskerou. Also, during a joint operation named op KOUKOURI conducted by Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger) alongside MNJTF Sector 3 (Nigeria) dominated Kanama, Bula Buni, Maine, Tam Match 1, and Forest Matali 2.
Other areas covered included Dutchi, Cetomani Forest, Alagurno Forest, and Guma Saigala where 20 terrorists were neutralized while 63 suspected BHTs were captured alive. Items recovered included 3 AK 47 riffles, one PKM Metal Link with 19 rounds of ammunition, 2 IED-making devices, 129 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm ammunition, 3 Military uniforms, one pair of ranger kits, and 2 magazines. Items destroyed included 2 motorcycles, 60 solar panels, 5 motorcycle fuel tanks, and 3 bulletproof vests. Also, 3 BHTs enclaves and 2 logistics depots were destroyed.
It will be recalled that the FC MNJTF Maj Gen AK Ibrahim charged the Sectors to maintain their operational tempo and adopt an aggressive posture in dealing with the remaining insurgents in order to deny them freedom of action. The FC commended the troops for this feat and reiterated his commitment to providing necessary support to defeat the remnant of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists. Photographs attached
Chief Military Public Information Officer MNJTF
22 March 2023