By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
In a bid to create a very conducive environment for the peaceful and successful conduct of 2023 general elections, troops of 1Div and Air Components of Operation WHIRL PUNCH (OPWP) have launched onslaughts against bandits within the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Musa Yahaya ,in a statement disclosed that ,the operational engagements by troops was aimed at denying bandits freedom of action within the Division’s AOR.
Lieutenant Colonel Yahaya noted that,the highly motivated troops dealt heavy blow on bandits and other criminal elements in Kaduna State thereby crippling them to be incapacitated.
“In the very aggressive fighting patrol that lasted over 48 hours, troops successfully cleared Mando – Sabon Birni – Maidaro – Dogon Dawa, Galadimawa, Saulawa, Farin Ruwa and Polewire villages respectively. During the patrol, troops neutralized 5 bandits and recovered 10 motorcycles from the bandits while several other motorcycles were burnt/destroyed.
“Other items recovered by the troops include 2 AK 47 rifles, 5 Improvised Explosive Devices, 2 mobile phones, bandits uniforms and magazines
“The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army has expressed his satisfaction with the conduct of the troops during the operation and commended them for their gallantry and resilience and charged them not to relent until banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and all other crimes are brought to an end.”