DHQ Calls for National Unity to Combat Mounting Security Challenge
The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has urged a unified national response to address the growing security challenges across the country.
Speaking during a bi-weekly media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, urged citizens to forge solidarity with the military to effectively combat the prevailing threats.
He emphasized the pivotal role of citizens in the ongoing warfare, stating, “Our nation is at war, and wars can be complex and ugly… It is time for citizens to close ranks with the military to win this war.”
DDMO said that it was time for the Citizens to close ranks with the military to win the battle.
According to him, “Our nation is at war, and wars can be complex and ugly. Already, we are witnessing some of the ugly trends of war across the country. It is time for citizens to close ranks with the military to win this war. Citizens are critical in war, and must therefore be quick to realize their role in the ongoing war and act accordingly”.
He urged all segments of society to take example from the nation’s gallant troops in the frontlines fighting to achieve the goal of liquidating terrorists and insurgents across the country in order to restore peace and security.
“We will continue to do that inspite of the current circumstances. Troops will continue fighting with great effort, determination and sacrifice to bring about great results.”
He said in the month of January 2024, troops neutralized 266 terrorists, arrested 463 violent extremists/insurgents and rescued 116 kidnapped hostages.
Furthermore, he said, the troops recovered 447 assorted weapons and 6,697 assorted ammunition”
“In the month of Jan 24, troops operating in the SS, denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Two Billion Eight Hundred and Twenty One Million Five Hundred and Three Thousand and Nine Hundred Sixty Two Naira (N2,821,503,962.00) only,” he said.
He said that breakdown for the month of January is as follows: 237 AK47 rifles, 26 locally fabricated guns, 18 pump action guns, 55 dane guns, 6,807 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 421 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 16 rounds of 9mm and 506 live cartridges. Others are 1,832,150 litres of stolen crude oil, 523,799 litres of illegally refined AGO, 16,716 litres of DPK and 5,200 litres of PMS amonsgt other item.
General Buba further explained that during the week under review, troops neutralized 105 terrorist and arrested 140 of them while the troops also arrested 26 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 86 kidnapped hostages.
He added that in the South South, the troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Two Hundred and Twenty Million Eight Hundred and Thirty Nine Thousand and Five Hundred Naira (N220,839,500.00).
He stated that additionally, “Troops recovered 208 assorted weapons and 5,332 assorted ammunition.
Providing statistics to underscore the military’s effectiveness, the senior officer disclosed that in January 2024 alone, troops neutralized 266 terrorists, apprehended 463 violent extremists, and rescued 116 kidnapped hostages.
Additionally, significant quantities of weapons and ammunition were seized, alongside substantial recoveries of stolen crude oil and other contraband.
General Buba reiterated the need for collective responsibility, remarking, “Given all stated above, and because our security challenges are mostly self-inflicted, it is pertinent to urge citizens to rise up to the challenge. It is time to stop the bleeding in order for healing to commence.”