Troops of the Presidential Guards Brigade have arrested eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists at their hideout at Deidei Abattoir and Dupka village in the Federal Capital Territory.
Musa Danmadami, the director of Defence Media Operations, made the revelation on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the operations of the Nigerian military in the North-Central and North-West in the last two weeks.
He said the suspected terrorists were nabbed on August 13.
Speaking on military operations across the North-Central, Mr Danmadami said troops of Operation Whirl Punch had sustained the momentum to deny terrorists freedom of action in their joint operation area.
He said the military had in an air interdiction eliminated scores of terrorists in their enclave at Kurebe in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.
According to him, the terrorists had assembled for a meeting hosted by a notorious terrorist leader, Aminu Duniya.
He added that troops of Operation Safe Haven in conjunction with vigilantes and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, had eliminated seven terrorists between August 14 and August 17.
According to him, the terrorists were killed during operations at Mum village in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau, as well as Kaura and Zangon Kataf in Kaduna State.
“During the operations, 21 suspected terrorist, seven suspected kidnappers and three suspected vandals were arrested at different locations, while 12 civilians were rescued from kidnappers’ den.
“Items recovered from the suspects include three motorcycles, eight mobile phones, some quantities of illicit drugs and the sum of N60,000,” he said.
Mr Danmadami said troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in conjunction with the State Security Services arrested a notorious bandit identified as Timothy Nwagaga (aka Ambiju) at Zaki Biam town in Benue.
He said that Mr Ambiju was apprehended during raid operations at bandits’ camps in the area between August 14 and August 18.
According to him, it was revealed that the suspect is a gang member of a notorious bandit known as Anhie (aka short man), who has been on troops’ wanted list.
“In the same vein, a wanted gunrunner known as Naziru Mohammed was arrested at Murtala Mohammed Bridge in Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.
“Items recovered during the operation include 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, large sum of money, two mobile phones, one tricycle and one motorcycle,” he said.