•Laments non-appreciation of millitary efforts
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has announced the establishment of a new millitary operation codenamed “Operation 777’’ designed to restructure and re-energize existing internal security efforts across Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen at the DHQ in Abuja on Thursday, the Director of Defence Informed (DDI) Brig-Gen. John Agim noted that ‘Operation 777′ will consolidate on the achievements of the existing operations, to checkmate criminal activities, including, herdsmen/farmers crisis, the Boko Haram insurgency, armed banditry, kidnapping, illegal bunkering, millitancy and mop arms from unauthorized persons.
Agim disclosed that Operation 777 which commenced October 10 has recorded several achievements “across the various operations, large number of arms, ammunitions and other dangerous weapons were recovered. Many suspects were arrested in the process and many neutralized in armed encounter with troops.”
In Benue state he said, Operation 777 has located the camp of one notorious criminal and cult leader by the name Gana.
The DDI said the security forceswere able to neutralize more than 15 of his gang members including his wife, while Gana managed to escape, but the troops are on his trail.
He said: “Sequel to this, many of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have started returning home. The Chairman, Logo local government area confirmed that 27,000 out of 34,000 IDPs at Anyiin IDP Camp have returned home.”
“Our gallant troops neutralized 35 criminals and a total of 98 suspected bandits/criminals were arrested and they are undergoing investigation and shall be handed over to the Police for prosecution.”
“The weapon seized include quantity 5 AK 47 Rifles, 20 bow and arrows, 113 quantity of 7.62mn live ammunition, 20 live cartridges and 4 rifle magazines.
“Within the period also, 419 rustled cattle were recovered, 405 sheep and 101 goats were recovered and handed over to the various states committees established to return the animals to their rightful owners.’
Agim however, regreted that the military suffered some casualties during the operation, noting that “two soldiers were killed in action while one AK 47 rifle is missing in action”.
The Defence Spokesperson lamented that Nigerians are not appreciative of millitary efforts despite the sacrifice and supreme price they pay to secure the country.
“The Nigerian citizens don’t seem to be concerned that we are doing the job for the Nigerian state, We are not happy because all over the world people take ownership of thileir security problem and they appreciate their millitary
“How much appreciation do Nigerians have for us, sometimes they look at us as if we are doing it on our own. People died in operation, they paid the supreme price and that is our job, we pay the supreme price, but how much appreciation do we get from the public.
“We are begging to be appreciated, it’s not good enough,” he remarked.
To this end, Agim urged Nigerians to emulate other countries of the world in owning and appreciating the efforts of their military forces rather than remain aloof to the operations and activities of Nigerian military