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Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have apprehended a suspected terrorist, Haladu Saleh.

Saleh, who was arrested in Baga town, had been on the wanted list of security agencies since 2018.

The acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja while giving an update on military operations between November 11 and 25.

He noted that the troops also killed no fewer than 90 terrorists and impounded many of the gang’s supplies.

He said, “Troops in Baga town arrested a notorious terrorist, Mr Haladu Saleh, who has been on security forces wanted list since 2018.

“Similarly, along Bukarti-Yusufari Road and Maima Hari checkpoint along Biu-Damboa Road, troops intercepted and impounded BHT logistic supplies.

“Following credible intelligence on terrorist activities in Karawar village, troops raided their enclave and recovered arms and ammunition, as well as assorted drugs and arrested two drug peddlers named, Mr Ezekiel Karson and Galadima Bako, with large quantities of cannabis sativa. In the course of these operations, no fewer than 90 terrorists were neutralised and 21 of them arrested.

“Also, 98 assorted weapons, including AK-47 rifles and 2,589 rounds of ammunition, were recovered within the period.”

Onyeuko explained that air strikes were executed on bandit enclaves, which inflicted heavy casualties on the hoodlums.

This, according to him, included a location where a bandit kingpin, Bello Turji; his subordinate commander, Bello Buza; and other foot soldiers operating within Sokoto and part of Zamfa State, use as a camp.

He noted that the air strikes resulted in the neutralisation of scores of bandits, including their key leaders, as well as destruction of their structures, equipment, weapons and logistic supplies.

Onyeuko also said 996 terrorists and their families, comprising 203 adult males, 302 adult females and 491 children, surrendered to troops at different locations in Borno State within the period.

This brings the total number of surrendered terrorists to 16,624.

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