……as scores of bandits eliminated in NW region.
By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Defence Headquarters say, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji after a daring aggressive clearance operation, have rescued some kidnapped victims,recovered 302 and 412 rustled cattle and sheep respectively as well as neutralised scores of bandits in Sokoto and Zamfara States.
This is in furtherance of the operational mandate of the military to decisively get rid of banditry out of North-West zone for peace to return in the area.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations disclosed this in a statement issued to Enugu Reporters on Sunday.
Gen. Enenche said “on 11 July 2020, following credible intelligence that armed bandits have rustled unconfirmed number of cows around Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata LGAs of Zamfara State.
“Troops tactically deployed to the scene. Contact was made with the armed bandits.
“The determined troops overwhelmed the recalcitrant bandits with superior fire. During the encounter, scores were neutralised while others escaped with gun shots wounds.
“Troops successfully recovered 302 rustled cows and 412 sheep.” he stated.
Enenche also stated that, a magazine and 5 mobile phones were recovered as he also assured that efforts were ongoing to hand over the rustled animals to the owners.
Meanwhile, the DMO Coordinator however said, troops had also rescued 3 kidnapped victims in Isa LGA of Sokoto State in another operation.
“Also 2 other kidnapped victims were rescued by own troops at Yayi village in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
“The victims on interrogation stated that they were kidnapped on 1 June 2020.
“All the victims have been handed over to the Sokoto State Government.”
He also noted that, on 10 July 2020 while on patrol, troops arrested 5 members of Yan Sakai group and a gun fabricator along Maga- Kyabu-Tadurga village road.
Some of the items recovered according to Enenche include one motorcycle, 10 dane guns, one catapult and one knife.
Others were one saw,16 plugs, one axe and 3 mobile phones.
He noted that the Military High Command has commended the troops for their dedication and unwavering commitment and urges them to remain committed and sustain the onslaught against the enemies of our country.