A massive attack by the military against bandits have yieldef tremendous success as 25 bandits have been killed and 155 others arrested in the Northwest Zone of the country.
Defence Headqaurters says that the Criminals were all armed bandits and cattle rustlers.
According to the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said on Thursday in Abuja while briefing journalists on military onslaught against insurgents and bandits in August.
He explained that apart from that , a large cache of arms and ammunition and over 1000 livestock were recovered in the zone, adding that the troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have continued to record significant successes against armed bandits.
Gen Enenche in his brief explained, “For the month of August, troops have continued to exhibit continued resilience in the fight against armed banditry, cattle rustling and other sundry crimes in the zone.
“In one of the feats recorded, troops of operation SAHEL SANITY deployed at Daki Takwas on August 20, intercepted a Toyota Corolla car with Registration Number: DAL 41 MT.
“After a diligent search of the vehicle, troops discovered 11 locally made rifles and 150 live cartridges concealed in different parts of the vehicle.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the dangerous cargo was heading to Kofar Dinya in Bukkuyum Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, while five men were arrested in connection with the illegal firearms.”
He further added that a repentant bandit leader named Bornon Kejo willingly surrendered to troops and submitted two AK-47 rifles and two AK 47 rifle magazines at Zurmi in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.
However, on the 23rd August , the troops were said to have conducted a well-coordinated intelligence-based operation leading to the raid of an illegal mining site located along Gadan Zaima – Zuru road in Bukuyyum LGA which also serves as bandits’ hideout.
“During the operation, 150 suspects were arrested and arms and ammunition were recovered,” he said.
Enenche said investigations revealed that aside from sabotaging the nation’s economy, banditry was being financed through illegal mining activities.
“Similarly, the troops on fighting patrol reportedly encountered three bandits on motorcycles around Maigalma village in Anka LGA of Zamfara state while attempting to attack innocent residents.
“During the encounter, one of the bandits was neutralized while others escaped. Troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, one AK 47 Rifle magazine loaded with five rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and two motorcycles from the fleeing bandits.
“This is in addition to the neutralization of not fewer than 20 armed bandits within the month of August in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States,” he said.
He said that the troop also intercepted seven trucks loaded with cattle suspected to have been rustled along Jibia – Katsina road and Gusau – Zaria road respectively between August 19 and August 20 respectively.
He said that the recovered cattle and suspects were handed over to the Katsina State Police Command and Zamfara State Association of Rustled Animals for further action.
“Within the period, a total of 155 bandits were arrested, no fewer than 25 armed bandits killed and over 1000 livestock were recovered in this zone of the country.
A feat he attributed to the troop’s resolve, doggedness and determination to end the security challenges in the North-West zone