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Magashi lauds military’s gallantry in fights against terrorists
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) has lauded the gallant performance of the military in the onslaught against criminal elements in the six geo-political zones of the country.
This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by Mr Mohammad Abdulkadri, Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity.
Abdulkadir said that Magashi spoke at the Joint World Press Conference held at the Radio House Abuja on Monday.
He also said that the press conference was done together with the minister’s counterparts in the Ministries of Police Affairs, Interior and Information and Culture.
Magashi said that the troops of Operation Hardin Kai in the North East had gallantly denied ISWAP and the Boko Haram Terrorists freedom of coordinated attacks as they continued to suffer huge casualties, depletion and depression.
The minister, whose briefing covered Military Operations across the six geo-political zones, said that the criminal elements had been substantially degraded and defeated in the last four weeks.
He said this complied with the directive of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Abdulkadir said that within the period under review, 66 suspected terrorists were neutralised, alongside the ISWAP commander, Madu Chaka and 20 others.
He added that 55 others were arrested, while 52 civilians regained their freedom from captivity.
Magashi further said that the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Zamfara in the North West zone had also given a good account of themselves by clearing the doubts of the bandits and kidnappers.
He assured Buhari and Nigerians of the total commitment of the military to the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity alongside other security forces.
The minister was quoted as outlining similar operational successes recorded in the North Central, South East, South-South and South West.
He thanked the C-in-C for the strong backings that the Armed Forces of Nigeria continued to enjoy even in the current participation in the Peace Support Operation in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.