Troops Kill Many Terrorists’ Leaders, Caution Media Handlers Over Exaggerated Figure Of Casualty

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Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji of the Nigeria Army have debunked reports trending on social media which claimed that 500 persons have been abducted in Zamfara against the reality of only 4.

This is even as the military assaults consumed many leaders of terrorists disturbing peace in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba and made available to newsmen in Gusau Zamfara State capital.

According to the statement, the troops of the OPHD which covers the Northwest of the country are actively fighting and conducting ongoing operations in and around Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State and are in a good and strong position in the war against the terrorists with many terrorist leaders killed adding, “We are making them pay a much heavier price than we have been forced to pay”.

It further explained, “The troops are compelled to deal with two realities, the virtual reality as well as the reality on the ground. The virtual reality which is mostly on social media is more of fictitious figures and extreme exaggeration of the situation on the ground.

“For instance, it is fictitious and over-exaggerated to state that over 500 people were abducted by a terrorist, while in reality troops can confirm that 4 persons were abducted. It must be recalled that the same was experienced during the Kuriga abduction during which the figures brandished were much higher than those truly abducted.

“On the issue of rotation or overstayed troops in operational area. It is no news that the current military leadership upon assumption of office addressed several of these issues. In fact, both issues were prioritized in line with enhancing troops’ welfare and administration.

“Accordingly, 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 terrorist and their cohorts.

“The military admits that there is still a lot of work ahead to better secure citizens and protect them from acts of terror. Efforts are ongoing to better the cooperation with the Zamfara State Community Protection Guard.

“Efforts are ongoing to better secure the citizens in their farmlands with the set-in of the rainy season. There is also a lot more ongoing, which is better left unsaid due to ongoing operations in the area”, the statement added.

New Telegraph

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