Credible intelligence, inter-agency cooperation enabled rescue of Kankara boys – Military
The Nigerian military on Thursday said the successful rescue of over 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State was as a result of credible intelligence on the location of the students and excellent cooperation among security agencies and the local populace.
The military also said the soldiers on the rescue mission deployed a tactic known as unarmed combat against the abductors which was an edge against them and instrumental against insurgents.
John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said, “The reason behind the rescue is professionalism. There is what we call unarmed combat training which all soldiers are taught, to be able to disarm your enemies silently without any noise.
“No bandits or terrorists know that training all they know is how to fire weapon and all, that is where we have an edge
“In addition to that, the intelligence aspect was handled very professionally. The cooperation of operatives from the defence intelligence agencies working together with the DSS, the Nigerian police and the vigilantes was at peak, when we found the location we moved in, following directives from the Chief of Defence Staff, Defence Minister others. They cautioned us and said no lives must be lost.
“Also the support of the appropriate superior authority, we got all the support from them and that’s very key to us. So it was the professionalism that boosted all these and saw that these children came out alive. the secret is just professionalism.”
The coordinator, while giving an update on the activities of the military in the last week, said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji also rescued 39 abducted girls who were Islaimiya children returning from Maulud programme, at Nguwar Al-Kasim in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“Also, on 20 December 2020, troops in swift response to a distress call, with overwhelming firepower, rescued 10 kidnapped victims from armed bandits at Yenyewa Village in Zamfara State. All rescued victims have been successfully reunited with their families,” Enenche said.
In the North-East Zone, the Coordinator said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole maintained and sustained continued vigilance and offensive postures through comprehensive ground and air operations, which yielded appreciable results.
“On 17 December 2020, troops of Army Supper Camp II Gamboru, neutralized 5 Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) elements in a fierce fight at Kenuba general area in Borno State. During the encounter, troops destroyed one gun truck and captured an anti-aircraft gun as well as recovered 3 AK-47 rifles from the terrorists,” he said.
“Relatedly, on 17 December, troops eliminated 4 BHT/ISWAP criminal elements and captured 2 gun trucks as well as one anti-aircraft gun with assorted ammunition from the terrorists at Cross-Kauwa in Borno State.
“Remarkably, on 19 December 2020, the Air Task Force eliminated several BHT criminal elements and destroyed their gun trucks in air strikes executed at Ajiri Village in Borno State. Subsequently, series of air patrols and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions as well air cover for ground troops have been continuously conducted across the Zone,” he said.
In the South-South, Enenche said troops in Operation Delta Safe area of responsibility conducted comprehensive anti-illegal refinery and anti-crude oil theft/illegal bunkering operations daily to deter economic saboteurs freedom of action in the Zone.
“Cumulatively, 7 illegal refining sites with 48 metal tanks, 2 dugout pits, 3 reservoirs, 10 ovens and 6 wooden boats were immobilized, while one 8HP Yamaha engine and 2 pumping machines were recovered.
“Also, a total of 16,984.9 barrels of illegally refined crude oil, 1,428,000 litres of illegally refined AGO and 10,000 litres of DPK were seized from oil thieves,” he said.
The coordinator again urged members of the general public to continue providing timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies for prompt and effective action.