By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the North West have killed 12 bandits and arrested 8 collaborators and 4 armed robbers in the region.
This was disclosed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Brig. General Bernard Onyeuko while briefing journalists at the Nigerian Army Special Super Camp IV in Faskari.
Onyeuko said on 12th November troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Faskari during a routine patrol arrested 2 suspected bandits’ collaborators named Lawal Madawaki and Hassan Ali at Gobirawa village in Faskari local government area of Katsina State.
“Furthermore on 13th November, troops acting on credible Information arrested three suspected bandits’ collaborators named Abdulmumini Maidoka, Lawal Abdullahi and Sanusi Abdullahi at Majafa village in Kankara local government area of Katsina State,” he said.
Onyeuko represented by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu said on 15th November, the troops engaged armed bandits at Yar Tasha Village in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara State and In the process 3 of the bandits were neutralized while 3 AK-47 rifles with 3 magazines loaded with live rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition were recovered.
Onyeuko added that on 16th November, 2020, troops while acting on credible intelligence about kidnappers activities at Garin Arawa in Tangaza local government area of Sokoto State, swiftly moved to the area and made contact with the criminals.
“During the encounter, the gallant troops neutralized one of the kidnappers as others escaped in disarray into the bushes owing to troops superior fighting prowess. In the aftermath of the encounter, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle mounted with a magazine and one motorcycle,” he said.
The Acting Director added that on 21st November, troops assaulted bandits enclaves at Mararaban Kawaye and Gobirawa villages in Safana local government area of Katsina State and overpowered the bandits resulting into the killing of 6 bandits and 4 AK-47 Rifles, 3 Dane guns and 2 motorcycles were captured.
“On 21 November, troops acting on timely information smashed a bandit’s syndicate hideout at Galadi village in Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara State. During the operation, 2 bandits were neutralized. A meticulous cordon and search by the troops led to the recovery of 2 AK-47 Rifles in the hideout,” he said.
Onyeuko said on 22nd November, troops conducting farm patrol along Gidan Ruwa axis of Zurmi local government area of Zamfara State, came into contact with some marauding bandits and neutralized one bandit.
“Similarly, on 28th November, troops while on routine border patrol intercepted and apprehended 4 suspected armed robbers dressed in military camouflage inside a Honda vehicle at Macrine village in Yelwa local government area of Kebbi State. All arrested suspects have been handed over to appropriate authorities for prosecution,” he said.