Troops nab 5 foreign bandits in Katsina State
..as over 70 other arrested criminals in custody
…76 terrorists eliminated in NE, NC, NW
By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
Defence Headquarters (DHQ), says troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) have on July 25, 2022 arrested 5 suspected foreign bandits at Jibia in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Director Defence Media Operations (DMO) Major General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this to journalists on Thursday during a biweekly briefing on operational activities of the military and other security agencies across the 6 geopolitical zones of the coubtry from 28 July to 11 August, 2022.
General Onyeuko stated that, troops whilst on routine patrol arrested 5 suspected foreign bandits named, Muritala Wada, Saminu Sani, Shamisu Adamu, Salisu Saadu and Usman Ibrahim in Katsina State.
According to him, troops also nabbed a notorious bandits’ informant who was on the tracking list of Department of State Security for collaborating with bandits on the numerous attacks in Sabon Brini general area of Sokoto State.
He said, troops have eliminated one Abdulkareem Boss the most wanted terrorists leader alongside 27 of his group through air interdiction in Katsina State within the period under review.
Troops recovered 161 cattle, 8 Carmel’s ,and large consignment of clothing from terrorist in the zone within the same period.
Similarly, the DMO Director noted that troops had killed 29 terrorists in North East (NE), 19 in North Central (NC) and 28 bandits in North West (NW) with the period.
He further said, troops within the period, have arrested some number of criminal elements to include, 35 in the NE, as well as 4 bandits in the NC.
He said, with the period, a total of One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Five (1,755) Boko Haram Terrorists members and their families comprising of 280 adult males, 523 adult females and 952 children surrendered to own troops at different locations. All surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist members and their families were profiled and handed over to relevant authority.
Troops also rescued a total of 99 kidnapped victims including 47 in NC and 52 in NE
In the NC, troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH through air bombardments, killed the notorious terrorists leader Alhaji Shanono and scores of 18 others.
Troops of Operation SAVE HAVEN also arrested Four notorious kidnappers named Umar Zakari, Usman Hamina, Haruna Umaru and Umar Mohammed at Fuskar Mata village in Bassa Local Government Area of Kaduna State respectively.
About 100 vandalized rail sleepers were also recovered in the zone with the period.
In South South, General Onyeuko stated that troops have intensified unrelenting onslaughts against oil bunkering, leading to the arrest of oil thieves and destruction of illegal sites leading to the restoration peace and normalcy in the general area.
“ Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand (3,750,000) ltrs of crude oil and Two Million and Nineteen Thousand (2,019,000) ltrs of Automotive Gas Oil and the arrest of 10 suspected pipeline vandals.
“Additionally, troops arrested 2 high profile sea pirates known as Fagha Golden (aka) fine boy at Nonwa village in Tai Local Government Area and Victor Elkanah (aka) Victor Padi at Pharzy Spring Diagnostic and Wellness Hospital, One-Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“The suspects are notorious for the series of armed attacks on oil vessels, kidnapping of expatriates and illegal oil bunkering within the state.”