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Nigerian Army Cracks Down on Militants & Oil Thieves in Week-Long Operation: Defense Spokesperson

© AP Photo / AP VideoNigerian Army vehicles are parked at the village were children were kidnapped in Kuriga, Kaduna State
Nigerian Army vehicles are parked at the village were children were kidnapped in Kuriga, Kaduna State - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 13.04.2024
In March, the Nigerian military eliminated over 200 criminals and detained over 250 suspects in two weeks, the country's Defense Ministry revealed, adding that the troops also retrieved 944,700 litres of stolen crude oil, 171,060 litres of illegally refined diesel and 1,500 litres of kerosene.
The Nigerian army cracked down on militants in the north of the country and oil thieves in the south in a week-long operation, the country's Defense Spokesperson Major-General Edward Buba said.
Over 180 militants were killed or wounded in the operation, and around 330 suspects were arrested across the country by the Nigerian armed forces, Buba noted.
In addition, more than 30 suspected oil thieves were detained in Niger delta region, about 270 weapons and around 5,000 pieces of ammunition were seized by the country's forces, which also rescued over 130 kidnapped victims, Buba said.
"The armed forces are working decisively to kill the terrorists, stop insecurity and ensure the safety of citizens. Troops will continue to operate with tremendous forces against the terrorists across the country," the official noted.
This Friday Oct. 31, 2014 image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, center, has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said Friday more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 29.03.2024
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The military successfully dismantled 51 dugout pits, 24 boats, 21 storage tanks, and over 20 illegal oil refining facilities, ultimately seizing almost 700,000 liters of stolen crude oil, according to the official.
For about ten years, Nigeria has faced challenges with insecurity stemming from the Boko Haram* insurgency and other extremist groups. The country has also been grappling with issues such as kidnapping for ransom and widespread criminal looting.
* A terrorist organization banned in Russia and many other states.