The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday assured Nigerians, notably residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of its dedication to deal with all safety challenges confronting Abuja and its environs.
The army excessive command additionally urged residents to not panic however help the army and different safety companies to cope with the safety threats.
Director Defence Media Operations (DMO) Main-Common Benard Onyeuko said this in Abuja whereas updating journalists on army operations throughout the nation.
He disclosed that the troops efficiently cleared Kawu and Ido villages neutralising the terrorists and destroying their enclave and hideout, saying: “Consequently, about 30 terrorists have been neutralized and their enclave and conceal out destroyed.”
“The hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and different safety companies needs to re-assure Nigerians of its dedication and pact with all Nigerians. With the latest operations carried out 23 July, we want to guarantee residents of FCT Abuja specifically that we’re undaunted and unrelenting in our efforts to make sure the protection of lives and properties.
“Folks ought to go about their regular enterprise as their security is assured. The help and cooperation of all Nigerians is hereby solicited as safety is all people’s enterprise. Residents are inspired to report any uncommon individuals in your group to safety companies. In case you see one thing, say one thing,” he mentioned.
On Bwari assault
Talking on the latest assault on Guards Brigade troopers by terrorists in Bwari Space Council the place three troopers misplaced their lives, Onyeuko mentioned a large operation to fish out the perpetrators with a view to ending insurgency actions within the affected areas was underway.
On the viral voice word on social media platforms mentioned to belong to a soldier concerned within the assault, Akpor mentioned that enquiries to know its authenticity was pointless.
Talking additional, he mentioned troops of Joint Job Pressure Operation HADIN KAI within the North-east, rescued many civilians at Aulari in Borno state, together with two Chibok ladies Hanatu Musa and Kauna Sarah Luka who’re on serial quantity 7 and 38 of the lacking Chibok ladies.
In keeping with him, a complete of two,016 suspected Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their households comprising of 360 males, 580 females and 1076 kids surrendered to troops at numerous places within the North East theatre of Operation throughout the interval beneath evaluate.
He mentioned all rescued civilians and recovered gadgets have been handed over to related authority, whereas surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and their households have been profiled and handed over to the suitable companies for additional motion.
Belief TV, BBC documentaries
In the meantime, the federal authorities Thursday threatened to sanction Belief TV, a tv owned by Media Belief Group, and the BBC over their tales on bandits within the North.
In separate documentaries, Belief TV and BBC Africa Eye uncovered the actions of the gangs making life troublesome for Nigerians.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on the event, Minister of Data and Tradition, Lai Mohammed mentioned the documentaries promoted terrorism within the nation.
He mentioned the suitable regulatory physique was already wanting on the infractions and acceptable sanctions could be meted to each platforms.
Mohammed mentioned: “There’s a regulatory physique regulating broadcasting which is the Nigeria Broadcasting Fee (NBC) and they’re additionally conscious of those two incidents.
“They’re which a part of the Broadcasting Code that has been violated by the BBC and Belief TV. Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.
“When in any other case respected platforms like BBC may give their platform to terrorists displaying their faces as if they’re Nollywood stars, it’s unlucky.
“I need to guarantee them that they won’t get away with it, acceptable sanctions can be meted to each the BBC and the Belief TV,” Mohammed mentioned.
On the BBC, being a overseas medium, the minister mentioned: “Let me guarantee you that they won’t get away with the bare glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria. If they don’t seem to be registered in Nigeria and they’re solely sending their alerts to Nigeria, we are going to ask them to cease sending the alerts.
“I do know that throughout the IRA days, the BBC is not going to dare do what they’re doing now in Nigeria. It’s as a result of there’s a nation referred to as Nigeria that they’re working right here.”