By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Defence Headquarters says, the continuous cooperation and support by the locals has greatly enhanced the military operations targeted at curtailing the activities of terrorists in the North East and other sundry crimes in other parts of the country.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO),Maj. Gen. John Enenche, made this known on Thursday while briefing Defence Correspondents on the successes of the military operations from 12 to 18 November,2020 noted that the synergy between the military and other stakeholders including the locals was yielding a tremendous result in their quest to ending terrorism in the North East, banditry in North West and Central and other associated crimes in the country.
Gen. Enenche opined that the military was up and doing with new strategies and operation techniques to crack down on the bandit’s collaborators would the public enhanced its support and cooperation by sharing tangible information that could lead to their hideouts noting that ,this could help get rid of the criminals in the country.
According to him, no fewer than 3 armed bandit’s collaborators were apprehended in the states within the North West during the period under review with the aid of credible information gathering.
The DMO Coordinator further noted that several bandits were crushed down, uncountable number of them escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds,various caches of firearms and huge number of rustled livestock recovered while bandit’s hideouts destroyed ,among others within the stated period.
“Based on credible information that a suspected bandit was sighted at Kukar Samu village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, troops mobilised to the scene and arrested two suspected bandits’ collaborators named Nura Ibrahim and Abdullahi Yusuf while trying to escape with motorcycle belonging to bandits who fled on sighting troops.
“One Sabe Iliya from Muniya village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State was also apprehended while pretending to be a farmer but was identified by locals as bandit’s informant.”
Gen. Enenche however pleaded for an enhanced synergy between the military and members of the public for optimum performance.
The gallant troops of operation Hadarin Daji with its subsidiaries,according to Enenche, conducted series of clearance operations, ambushes and aerial patrols with recorded successes within the period under review.
“On 15 November 2020, troops of Operation ACCORD while on night patrol at Yar Tasha village made contact with armed bandits and engaged them in firefight.
“During the encounter, 3 armed bandits were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds. Three AK 47 rifles were recovered during the operation.
“Same day, troops deployed at Ungwan Doka, rescued one kidnapped victim named Adamu Yahaya. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was kidnapped at Unguwar Sa’ida village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. The victim has been reunited with his family.
“In a related development, within the period in focus, following credible intelligence on the presence of kidnappers in Garin Arawa of Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State,’ troops immediately mobilized to the village and made contact with kidnappers.
“In the course of the encounter, one kidnapper was killed in contact while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered include; one AK47 rifle, one magazine and one motorcycle.
“Equally, troops deployed at Jibia arrested 2 suspected kidnappers named Malam Ismail Isah and Malam Sale Samaila at Tsembe Kolumbo village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Suspects are currently in custody for further investigation.
“Similarly, one suspected bandit named Bello Ardo from Yargoje town in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State was arrested on 16 November 2020. He is currently in custody undergoing investigation.
“Earlier, on 14 November 2020, based on actionable intelligence that suspected bandits invaded Kura village in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops of Forward Operating Base Kwatarkwashi swiftly mobilized to the area and made contact with them.
“After exchange of fire, the bandits escaped into the bush in disarray and abandoned 2 kidnapped victims named Hajiya Sakina and Zahru who were rescued by troops.
“Relatedly, 3 suspected bandits named Abdulmumini Maidoka, Lawal Abdullahi and Sanusi Abdullahi Ja’e were arrested by troops at Majafa village”, General Enenche stated.
Explaining further, Gen. Enenche stated that troops had conducted both land and Air operations in collaboration with other security agencies with significant results in the North East zone within the states period.
These operations according to Enenche ,the land operations were fighting patrols while, air operations include; comprehensive aerial surveillance interdiction missions and air strikes leading to the killing of several terrorists, apprehension of IED maker and recovery of caches of arms and ammunition as well as equipment.
“Troops also repelled and foiled several BHT/ISWAP attacks on own locations within the period.” he noted.