Major General Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations, told journalists in Abuja that 88 suspected criminals, 10 kidnappers, 20 gunmen, and 19 suspected oil thieves were apprehended during the operation, however, the time frame was not mentioned.
“As of July 28, the military had neutralized 59 terrorists and arrested 88 criminals, including 10 kidnappers, 20 gunmen, and 19 suspected oil thieves. Troops have also rescued 88 kidnapped captives,” Buba said. And according to Channels Television, the military recovered 68 firearms and 1,364 rounds of ammunition.
“Troops recovered 26 AK47 rifles, one GPMG, one AKMS rifle, one FN rifle, four pump action, five pistols, and 19 Dane guns,” according to a statement.
“Also, recovered are 1,083 rounds 7.62mm special, 228 rounds 7.62mm NATO, 14 rounds 5.56 x 45mm, 15 fully loaded AK47 magazines, 9 rounds of 9mm ammo and sum of N41,915 only and CFA 49,000.
“Others include 323,650 litres of stolen crude oil, 128,700 litres of illegally refined AGO and 4,000 litres of DPK. While an estimated sum of N388,441,660 was denied for the oil thefts,” the defence spokesman said.