- Between January 22 and 29, troops killed 21 bandits and destroyed their camps, rescued 89 kidnapped victims in Zamfara and Katsina states
- Out of the 89 kidnapped victims, 55 of them were held captives in Bukkuyum LGA in Zamfara state
- The freed captives were debriefed and reunited with their families
Troops of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD) conducting operations in Zamfara and Katsina states have killed 21 bandits and captured 17 alive between January 22 and 29, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathered that eleven civilians and one vigilante were also said to have been killed by bandits.
The acting Force information officer Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade, on Tuesday, January 29, while giving an update on OPSD’s activities within the period, said that the troops also destroyed bandits’ camps and rescued 89 kidnapped victims.
He added that two bandits’ informants, Musa Amadu and Auwalu Mutairu, were arrested at Danfumi village in Birnin Magaji and that they were currently assisting troops with intelligence.
He stated: “On 22 January 2019, troops on clearance operation in Gando Forest came into contact with a large gang of bandits armed with sophisticated firearms and Rocket Propelled Grenades leading to fierce gun battles which lasted several hours. The bandits were forced to abandon their camps due to superior firepower during these encounters.
“Troops also made contact with bandits operating in Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and some isolated villages in Maru LGA of Zamfara state. Furthermore, troops of OPSD operating in Katsina state made contact with bandits at different locations around Safana, Runka, Kukan Sama between 25 – 28 January 2019.
“Items recovered from the bandits over the period, he said, included one Single Barrel gun, two locally made pistols, 20 Cartridges of double barrel bullets, 60 rounds of 7.62mm special, one AK 47 Magazine containing 18 rounds of 7.62mm special, two dane guns, four motorcycles and large quantity of Indian hemp and illicit drug.”
According to him, out of 89 freed kidnapped victims, 55 of them were held captives in Bukkuyum LGA in Zamfara state.
“The freed captives who were mostly from local communities in Zamfara State were debriefed and reunited with their families,” he stated.
He explained that six persons were kidnapped at Asoula village in Tsafe LGA and not in Birnin Magaji as reported by some media houses.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Zamfara government called on the people of the state to embark on three-day fast and intensive prayers to seek God’s intervention against the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other crimes.
The state’s commissioner of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankande, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday, January 29, in Gusau.
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