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NIGERIAN MILITARY DECLARES NIGERIEN TERRORIST LEADER, HALILU BUZU WANTED

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Nigerian Military has declared a Nigerien terrorist leader, Halilu Buzu, wanted for terrorizing Nigerian territory and carrying out other illegal activities, particularly in Zamfara State.

This was disclosed by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, on Thursday, May 16, 2024, during a media briefing in Abuja on the ongoing military operations.

According to General Buba, “Troops are hunting senior terrorist leaders who are of operational importance in terms of coordination of the terrorist attacks against troops and citizens. Troops are also hunting those that are of symbolic value including all those declared wanted.

“Troops are on the hunt for one, HALILU BUZU, a terrorist leader that hails from Buzu in the Republic of Niger. He settled in Subbubu Forest and lives in Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara State. His camp and illegal gold mine are located at Kawayi in Anka LGA of Zamfara State, where he has a lot of boys working for him.

“Halilu is also a prominent cattle rustler and illegal gold miner. Last week, his boys killed 19 villagers at Farar Kasa. He is a High-Value Target and therefore declared wanted. Meanwhile, he is one of several others that we would be declaring wanted.

“Additionally, Halilu is a major arms supplier, trusted by arms dealers for supplying arms from Libya. When troops close in on him, he moves across the border into the Republic of Niger for refuge. At this time, we are through appropriate channels calling on the Nigerian authorities to apprehend and hold him accountable for his atrocities.

“These categories of terrorists are relentlessly targeted by troops, such that we will be able to strike them out and take them off the battlefield as soon as possible. The fate of the terrorists perpetrating insecurity in our nation will be violent and short. Troops will stop at nothing to take them out of the battlefield.”

Giving further reports on the military operations during the week under review, General Buba said, “Troops neutralised 227 and arrested 529 persons. Troops also arrested 11 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 253 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of One Billion Three Hundred and Twelve Million Four Hundred and Seventy-Seven Thousand Fifty Naira (N1,312,477,050.00) only.

“Troops recovered 231 assorted weapons and 6,441 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 89 AK47 rifles, 40 locally fabricated guns, 59 Dane guns, 2 pump action guns, 8 locally fabricated pistols, 6 x 36 hand grenade, 3 IED, one RPG 7 tubes, one RPG 7 charger, 4 AGL rounds, one barrel of QJC Gun, one barrel of PKT with receiver, one barrel of Dushka Gun, 250kg bombs used by NATO and Eastern Bloc aircraft and one MRAP.

“Others are 4,198 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 841 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 88 rounds of 5.56mm, 16 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 99 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 956 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 242 live cartridges, one PKM magazine, 24 magazines, 6 baofeng radios, 8 vehicles, 69 motorcycles, 66 mobile phones, 12 cutlasses and the sum of N1,630,000.00 only amongst other items.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 18 dugout pits, 34 boats, 5 drums, 4 receivers, 4 reservoirs and 97 storage tanks.  Other items recovered include 198 cooking ovens, 9 vehicles, 3 pumping machines, 2 speedboats, one outboard engine, and 57 illegal refining sites.  Troops recovered 1,442,700 litres of stolen crude oil and 154,650 litres of illegally refined AGO.

“Troops are fighting admirably in a very challenging complex combat environment and have made significant progress. However, there is still a lot of work ahead as there are still many more terrorists to kill, weapons to be recovered, and many terrorist commanders and leaders to take off the battlefield.”

Speaking on the concluded visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Lady Megan, General Buba, said “We were honored to receive the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Nigeria. We applaud them for their mission of bringing awareness to those in need, especially for highlighting the issues of veterans and the need to address the challenges that face soldiers long after they have left the military.

“We must remain diligent and faithful to those who have and are serving our great nation and we thank the Duke of Sussex for continuing to shed light on these matters and bringing them to the fore. A veteran himself, the Duke of Sussex speaks not only from a place of compassion but from hard-earned experience.

“It remains our duty to continue serving these men and women who sacrifice so much for our country and we look forward to ongoing collaborations with the Duke on how to best achieve these goals.

“On the ground, troops continue to demonstrate stamina, resolve, and a strong desire to remain focused and stay the course until the enduring defeat of the terrorists and their cohorts diminishes their ability to conduct acts of terror or harm citizens.”

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