We killed 80 bandits in one month in Katsina, others –Army

We killed 80 bandits in one month in Katsina, others –Army

We killed 80 bandits in one month in Katsina, others –Army

Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity of the Nigerian Army have said they killed no fewer than 80 bandits in Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states within the past one month.

The acting Director, Defence Media Operation of the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Bernard Onyeuko, stated this during a press conference at the Nigerian Army Super Camp Four, Faskari in Katsina on Saturday, while reviewing the activities of the operation since it was launched by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, on July 6.

Onyeuko also said troops of the operation arrested 33 suspected bandits and recovered seven AK-47 rifles, one general-purpose machine gun and 16 Dane guns within the past one month.

He said, “The people of the North-West zone felt an immediate impact of the operation with the tremendous successes achieved within the short period of time. The gallant troops of Operation Sahel Sanity, within the period under review, have carried out a series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence-building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara states.

“These operations have led to the rescue of kidnap victims, recovery of rustled cattle, the arrest of suspected armed bandits, and the arrest of bandits’ informants and collaborators. Furthermore, there were recoveries of a large cache of arms and ammunition, as well as recovery of motorcycles and other logistical items used by bandits.

“So far, in all the operations conducted, 80 armed bandits have been neutralised, a total of 943 cows, 633 sheep/rams recovered, 33 suspected bandits arrested, seven AK-47 rifles, one GPMG and 16 Dane guns captured, 17 kidnap victims rescued and 14 bandits’ informants and collaborators arrested. Also, several bandits’ camps, including the notorious Dangote Triangle, and their logistical bases were destroyed by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity.”

Osho Oluwatosin

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