The Nigerian Army has neutralised 35 criminals, destroyed armed bandits and recovered some illegal weapons. They also curtailed the escalation of herder/farmer conflict among others.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Acting Director Defence Information, Brig. General John Agim said the troops of Operation 777 combined with other internal security operations in conjunction with other security agencies have continued to curtail the activities of insurgents, militancy and criminal gangs across the country paving the way for the return of IDPs to their homes in Benue and other parts of the country.
According to him, during the two-week operations, 98 suspected bandits were arrested, over 200 weapons, 900 rustled cows, goats and sheep and over 300 metric tonnes of stolen crude oil were recovered.
Also 126 reservoirs, 34 illegal refineries among others were recovered and destroyed.
Agim registered his regret over the loss of lives of two soldiers, the wounded and the two missing ones in the course of the operations in the period under review.
Brig. General John called on the support of the media in the sensitization and enlightenment campaign towards the success of the exercise.