Army kill 12 bandits, arrest 8 informants, 11 illegal miners in Northwest zone


From Maiharaji Altine Gusau

The Nigerian Army, under Operation Sahel Sanity have killed 12 bandits, arrested eight informants and 11 illegal miners in Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara states.

Addressing journalists at Super Camp Four in Faskari town today, the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General, Benard Onyeuko said, the success was recorded between November 12 to 29 this year.
General Onyeuko who was represented by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Ilyasu said, “On 15 November 2020, our gallant troops while conducting routine night patrol came in contact with armed bandits at Yar Tasha Village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State”. 

“On sighting the troops advance, the criminals immediately started firing sporadically but the troops displayed tactical superiority, closed in and overpowered the bandits with overwhelming firepower”.

“In the process three of the bandits were neutralized, three AK-47 rifles with three magazines loaded with live rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition were recovered by the troops”.

Onyeuko maintained that some of the bandits however, managed to escape by the skin of their teeth with varying degrees of injuries. 

According to Onyeuko, on 16 November 2020, the gallant troops while acting on credible intelligence about kidnappers activities at Garin Arawa in Tangaza LGA 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”. 

General Onyeuko further explained that on 21 November 2020, troops conducted a robust clearance Operation and assaulted bandits enclaves at Mararaban Kawaye and Gobirawa villages in Safana LGA of Katsina State respectively. 

“The gallant troops encountered initial resistance at Gobirawa but successfully over-powered the bandits. In the aftermath of the encounter, 6 bandits were neutralized while 4 AK-47 Rifles, 3 Dane guns and 2 motorcycles were captured”. 

“Troops continue to crackdown on the nefarious activities of the bandits and other criminal elements in the general area”. 

On  21 November 2020, troops acting on timely information smashed a bandit’s syndicate hideout at Galadi village in Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara State. 

“During the operation, two bandits were neutralized. A meticulous cordon and search by the troops led to the recovery of two AK-47 Rifles in the hideout”.

Onyeuko also stressed that on 22 November 2020, troops conducting farm patrol along Gidan Ruwa axis of Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State, came into contact with some marauding bandits. On sighting the advancing troops, the suspects fired sporadically in an attempt to escape. 

“Nevertheless the resilient troops pursued them with heavy volume of fire leading to the neutralization of one of the escaping bandits and recovering of one AK-47 Rifle loaded with 29 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition in the process”.

“Accordingly, in other operations conducted, on 12 November 2020, 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 LGA of Katsina State”. 

“Furthermore on 13 November 2020, troops acting on credible Information arrested three suspected bandits’ collaborators named Abdulmumini Maidoka, Lawal Abdullahi and Sanusi Abdullahi at Majafa village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State”. 

“Suspects were apprehended in connection with alleged involvement in banditry activities in the general area. Additionally, troops during a raid operation at an identified bandits associates’ hideout at Maikano village in Jibia LGA of Katsina State arrested 2 suspects named Lawal Danladi and Rane Bello”. 

“Equally, on same day, troops acting on a tip off arrested a suspected bandits collaborator named Bello Ardo at Yargoje in Kankara LGA of Katsina State. Suspect was arrested following credible Information about his unwholesome activities with suspected bandits in the area”. 

“In another development, on 22 November 2020, troops raided an illegal mining site at Kadauri area in Maru LGA of Zamfara State and arrested 11 suspected illegal miners”. 

“Furthermore, on 24 November 2020, following credible information, troops busted a cattle rustlers camp at Dankori village in Mani LGA of Katsina State, leading to the arrest of three suspected cattle rustlers while 300 cows were also recovered at the scene”. 

“Similarly, on 28 November 2020, 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 LGA of Kebbi State”. 

“All arrested suspects have been handed over to appropriate authorities for prosecution”.  Concluded General Onyeuko.

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