- Nigerian Army said it has secured the rescue of not less than 760 people kidnapped by the Zamfara bandits
- The military force also disclosed that its men killed 55 bandits in a cross fire operation
- Abiade, however, said two officers were killed together with the members of the vigilante group
The men of operation Sharan Daji of Nigerian Army said it has secured the rescue of not less than 760 people kidnapped by the bandits terrorising Zamfara state.
Nigerian Army, in a statement release as update on its operation against the insecurity challenge in the state, also disclosed that its men killed 55 bandits in a cross fire operation, Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the force's acting information officer, Major Clement Abiade, said army recovered different assorted ammunition used by the bandit, adding that 24 people were also arrested.
Abiade said: "The intensity and redoubled efforts in the conduct of these military activities in the past week has achieved tremendous successes leading to the recovery of weapons, ammunition and rustled cattles.
“The troops also had several encounters with bandits during the period in focus and neutralized 55 bandits. A total of 24 suspected bandits informants, rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers were arrested during the period in focus.
"The suspects have been handed over to Nigerian Police for investigation and possible prosecution.
"Similarly, the air component of operation SHARAN DAJI carried out several Air strikes around Kagara, Gando, Fankama, Fete and Dumburum Forests. Subsequent operations in the Forests led to the rescue of 760 abductees. The abductees consisted of men, women and children from communities in Zamfara state.
”Troops of Operation SHARAN DAJI recovered 4 AK47 rifles, 1 rocket propelled gun tube, 12 Dane guns, 27 AK47 Magazines, 168 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions, 1 Pump action gun, 47 Motorcycles, a golf wagon car, 61 rustled cattle’s, 3 pounds of marijuanas, nicotine and tramadol during the period under review
"It is pertinent to state here that the troops sustained operation led to the return of over 1000 IDPs from Maru to BINI village on February 17 2019. The Emir of Maru Alhaji Abubakar Chika Banagan Maru and the chairman Maru LGA Alhaji Salisu Isah Dangulbi were present at the Maru LGA headquarters departure venue."
Abiade, however, said two officers were killed together with members of the vigilante supporting group, adding that the force will not relent in its effort to restore sanity back to the state.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army had reportedly set up a probe panel to investigate allegations that its men played roles in the violence that was experienced in some states during the governorship election.
It would be recalled that Bayelsa, Rivers, and Adamawa reportedly experienced tension during the just concluded election held on February 23 and March 9.
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