Troops neutralise 35 bandits, arrest 2 informants in Zamfara

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have said no fewer than 35 armed bandits have been neutralised following the encounter with them in two different locations in Zamfara state.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said in a press release issued to newsmen and made available to Blueprint in Gusau, the capital city of Zamfara Monday.

“Following credible intelligence on movement of armed bandits with rustled animals at Bungudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara state, troops of Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje yesterday (Saturday) January 17, 2021, responded immediately and made contact with bandits. In the course of the encounter 30 armed bandits were neutralised while 24 cows and unspecified number of sheep were recovered,” Major Gen. John stated.

He further informed that on January 17, troops deployed at Maradun received information of reprisal attack by armed bandits at Janbako village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara state where the troops mobilised to the area and overwhelmed the bandits and neutralised five of them during exchanged of fire. 

“Troops swiftly mobilized to the area to forestall the reprisal attack and our troops were ambushed short of Janbako village where firefight ensued and overwhelmed the terrorists killing five of them during encounter with them,” Maj. Gen. John hinted.

He added that following a tip off, suspected bandits collaborators named Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani were arrested at Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa LGA of Katsina state, saying, they were still in custody for further action.

He assured that the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies would sustain the offensive against the enemies of the nation.

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