- Five kidnappers have been arrested near Sheme village, along Ruwan-Godiya forest axis by Nigerian troops
- The kidnappers were arrested during a successful cordon and search operations at Sheme village, Ruwan Godiya forest and surrounding localities
- The apprehended suspects were said to have confessed to their crimes
Troops of 17 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Exercise Harbin Kunama III, deployed at Faskari in Faskari local government area of Katsina state, have conducted a successful raid operations at Sheme village, Ruwan Godiya forest and surrounding localities.
The operation was conducted following credible information received from good Samaritans about bandits/ kidnappers' syndicate that have been terrorising Funtua-Faskari surrounding villages.
Army spokesperson Sagir Musa in a statement released don Sunday, June 2, said five kidnappers were arrested ear Sheme village, along Ruwan-Godiya forest axis. He added that patrols are ongoing in the neighbouring suspected bandits' hideouts at the moment.
The statement read in part: "During preliminary investigation, the apprehended suspects confessed to have been involved in kidnapping incidents in the general area, as well as sending their victims to their ring leaders that are based deep in the forest at Ruwan-Godiya.
"Consequently, troops further exploited deep into Ruwan-Godiya forest, setting bandits/kidnappers hideouts on fire.
"Troops continue to dominate the area with patrols, to deny the bandits/kidnappers freedom of action."
Members of the public have been urged to give credible information about suspicious movements of bandits and criminals to the nearest Army location or security agencies for necessary action.
Meanwhile, Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s president, tasked security agencies to quickly end banditry and other insecurity challenges in parts of the country.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Aisha on Saturday, June 1, said it was necessary to degrade the criminals before they end the civil population.
Speaking while distributing relief materials to over 25,000 victims of bandits attacks in Katsina, the First Lady said: “The security agents should either assist to take action or allow the situation continue until bandits finished killing our people,” she said.
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