Troops of the Nigerian Military have continued experience success in the fight against terrorism in the north east and north west.
This was contained in a statement released on Saturday by the Nigerian Defence Headquarters, through Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, who is the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations.
“In continuation of the robust clearance operations against armed bandits and other sundry criminals in the North West, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY a subsidiary operation to Operation HADARIN DAJI has continued to achieve successes throughout the Theatre of operation.”
“Relatedly, on 14 July 2020 acting on credible intelligence troops arrested one bandit informant at Isa-Matete Junction in Isa LGA Area of Sokoto State. The suspect is currently undergoing interrogation.”
“Similarly, acting on credible intelligence, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bingi arrested 5 suspected bandits while displaying 17 cows and a goat for sale at Bingi market in Maru LGA of Zamfara State. Preliminary investigation revealed that the animals were earlier rustled from Gabiya village.”
In Danjibga in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State, 121 cows and 37 sheeps that were rustled, were successfully recovered and handed over to the military committee on animal rustling.
“Similarly, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Danjibga in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State handed over 121 cows and 37 sheeps recovered from rustlers to the committee for recovery of rustled animals for necessary action.”
An AK 47 rifle and 21 motorcycles were recovered in another raid on Jigawar Mallamai in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State, the statement also said.
“Furthermore, troops of Defence Headquarters Special Operation Forces deployed at Batsari had a meeting engagement with some marauding armed bandits at Jigawar Mallamai in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State. In the aftermath of the encounter, 4 bandits were neutralized, one AK 47 rifle and 21 motorcycles were recovered. All recovered motorcycles were destroyed instantly.”
3 bandits were also killed in parts of Sokoto on 15 July.
“In another development, on 15 July 2020 troops conducted clearance operation on suspected bandits hideouts at Garin Maza, Tamuske, and Garin Bagwari villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State. Troops made contact with the bandits and in the ensuing encounter, 3 bandits were neutralized and 6 motorcycles were recovered while the hideouts were destroyed.”
The statement also revealed that some bandits were sent running from their hideouts, even leaving behind their bikes, when troops of Forward Operation Base Dangulbi conducted clearance patrol to Dan Kaka and Dan Kura villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
“Also, on 16 July 2020 troops of Forward Operation Base Dangulbi conducted clearance patrol to Dan Kaka and Dan Kura villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State. The cowardly bandits fled and abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the troops.”
The Chief of Army Staff expressed his gratitude to the gallant troops for their efforts in combating terrorism in the country.
“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and their resilience. He urges them not to rest on their oars. He further assured the people of the North-West zone of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone.”