The General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, has directed troops to go after terror kingpin, Tawase Agwaza, also known as “Gana” and capture him alive.
Abubakar gave the order in a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, in Awka on Thursday.
He gave directive during his operational visit of the 93 Battalion Area of Responsibility in Taraba.
The GOC said that the visit followed the activities of bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and communal clashes among other menaces within his command.
“We must intensify our efforts to ensure predominance of peace and security in the areas within the unit,’’ he said.
He expressed the appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to the soldiers “ for the good work you are doing here”.
“Your hard work and successes are well known to us, we are solidly behind you because you have done Taraba and Nigeria proud.
“Your success in the recently conducted operation is commendable and I strongly order you to maintain the momentum.
“However, to cap it all, you must capture the fleeing bandit, the terror kingpin, Tawase Agwaza,” the GOC said.
He recalled that on April 3, based on a tip-off, some troops of 93 Battalion and 72 Special Forces Battalion in conjunction with other security agencies recorded success.
The troops raided some criminal hideouts in a Farm Gbise village bordering Taraba and Benue and recovered lethal items including 3 x AK 47 Rifles with 139 magazines.
They also recovered items such as 3 x FN Rifles with 12 magazines; 1 x G3 Rifle with 6 magazines; 1 x G3 machine gun and 1 x sub machine gun with 3 magazines.
Others are: 1 x Mark4 Rifle with 3 magazines; 5x Single Barrel Gun; 2 x locally made double barrel pistols; 5 x locally made revolver pistols and 2 x locally made single barrel pistols.
Also recovered are: 3 x 36 hand grenade; 12 x tear gas canisters; 535 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition; 463 x rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and 27 x 9 mm rounds of ammunition
The rest are 99 x 5.56 mm rounds of ammunition; 1 x 12.7 mm round of ammunition and 527 x cartridges.