By Victor Akaa, Abuja
Defence Headquarters said, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji under Operation Accord have neutralised scores of bandits, arrested some ,including an informant or collaborator as well as safely rescued kidnapped victims with many weapons recovered in Katsina and Zamfara states.
This is as a result of a continued aggressive clearance operation by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in the North West which according to the statement, continued to record significant successes against bandits and criminal elements in the zone.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters said, the troops on 26 June 2020 foiled armed bandits attack at Mara Zamfarawa village in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State.
Enenche said, 6 bandits were killed while several others escaped with gun shots wounds in the process.
He further added that, on 27 Jun 2020, following aggressive patrol and intelligence reports by troops at Dunya village in Danmusa LGA, troops successfully arrested suspected bandits informers/ collaborators.
He said, the suspects were currently being interrogated and profiling for further action.
Troops ,according to the DMO Coordinator had also conducted cordon and search operations at Mara Zamfarawa and Birchi Malamawa villages in Danmusa LGA.
He said, several bandits escaped with gun shots wounds in the process where 4 motorcycles were recovered by the troops.
Enenche further explained that, troops on clearance operation at Maidabino town arrested 6 bandits,recovered 1 fabricated AK 47 rifle and 29 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition as well as cutlasses and Charms.
Also, on 27 Jun 2020, Gen. Enenche noted that, following intelligence reports about bandits action at Kurubka forest, troops immediately mobilized to the area and 2 bandits were killed during a shoot out.
In a related development, he added, on 27 Jun 2020, following credible information about bandits hideouts at Rambadawa forest few kilometers ahead of Kodamyo village in Sabon Birni LGA of Zamfara State, troops immediately mobilized to the area.
According to the report, about 3 armed bandits were neutralised, 1 locally made gun recovered while others escaped with gun shots wounds in the process.
Again, Enenche noted that, on 27 June 2020, following credible intelligence about a kidnap incident at Yar Galadima and Mashanyin Zaki villages in Dansadau by bandits on 4 motorcycles, troops swiftly moved to the area and successfully rescued 2 kidnapped victims.
A Volkswagen Golf car with registration number MRR 47 XA was also recovered.
He further reiterated, troops further dominated the area as effort to rescue other kidnapped victims have been intensified.
“In another development, still on 27 Jun 2020, based on credible intelligence, troops embarked on clearance operation along bandits water point at the fringes of the mountain between Gummi and Tambuwal LGAs of Sokoto State.
“The successful operation led to the neutralization of 1 bandit and recovery of 5 cell phones, cutlasses, some quantities of Indian hemp and sixty thousand naira”. He further disclosed.
Enenche said, the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the gallant troops for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of armed bandits in the country.