By Ibrahim Sidi Kaulahi, Gusau
Troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Sahel Sanity have succeeded in arresting 12 suspected bandits, neutralizer 1, arrested 9 Informants and Collaborators, recovered over 40 rustled cows in Zamfara and Katsina States in it’s continued fights against criminal activities in the north west zone.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko and made available to Journalists in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital (Today, Thursday).
The statement further informed that, On 5 August 2020, troops deployed in Batsari local government area of Katsina State foiled a coordinated bandits attack on residents of Zamfarawa Kagara village in the State.
It stated that, the bandits invaded the village and stole several cows but while attempting to escape, troops arrived the vicinity and engaged them, neutralized one, while scores escaped with gunshot wounds, and all the rustled cows were recovered and handed to the owners.
“Similarly, troops on patrol encountered suspected bandits with rustled cows along Bagega–Sabon Birni villages, bandits opened fire on sighting the troops but fled into the bushes as troops responded with superior firepower. During exploitation, troops found traces of blood along bandits escape route while 12 cows were recovered by the troops.
“Furthermore, troops recovered 17 cows from suspected cattle rustlers at Dogon Ruwa village. The cows were recovered from suspected bandits who abandon them and fled as troops storm the village following information of their activities from reliable sources.
“In another development, troops on fighting patrol arrested a suspected bandit’s informant and logistics supplier, named Saifullahi Adamu at Garin Dodo village in Katsina State, the suspect was arrested following credible information about his elicit engagements with suspected bandits.
“A wife of the suspected logistics supplier, Mrs Hauwa Abubakar also alleged that the suspect forcefully married her, whereas bandits whom her husband associates with usually accuse her of reporting their activities to security agencies thereby subjecting her to several abuses.
“In the same vain, troops deployed at Bingi village, while on patrol have arrested a suspected bandit and impostor, named Sani Saidu wearing a police uniform with the name tag bearing ‘James Oname’ who preliminary investigation revealed that James Oname, a Police Sergeant was killed in 2015 by bandits at Tunga Rakumi in Maru local government area of Zamfara State.
“Relatedly, same day troops on clearance patrol destroyed 8 major bandits camps owned by notorious bandits leader known as Abu-Radde at Lebi Fulani Areas in Batsari LGA of Katsina”, the statement added.