- Nigerian troops have recorded yet another victory in the war against insurgency
- Bandit attacks were foiled, some were killed and others arrested in Plateau, Bayelsa and Taraba states
- Two bandits were neutralised in Ukum LGA of Benue state after the military responded to a distress call
An attempted armed bandits’ attack on commuters travelling from Bayelsa state to Jos was foiled by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on Thursday, December 24.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche and shared on the Facebook page of Defence Headquarters Nigeria.
The criminals were reported to have mounted an illegal check-point on the road and stopped the commercial vehicle to rob the passengers.
However, the troops deployed at Udei general area, who were on routine patrol along Markudi - Lafiya Road intervened promptly.
They overpowered the bandits with superior firepower and they had no choice but to flee in disarray.
The statement read in part:
"Thereafter, troops provided armed escort for the commuters from the scene to Lafiya to enable them proceed with their journey.
"Similarly, own troops deployed at Zaki Biam and Ukum, while on fighting patrol, responded to a distress call on bandits’ activities at Dyom Village in Borokiyo Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. Troops swiftly mobilized to the scene where they had contact and engaged the criminals, forcing them to flee.
"However, troops followed the bandits in hot pursuit and neutralized 2 of them, while some others escaped with gunshot wounds. During the encounter, troops recovered some arms and ammunition and a motorcycle."
The troops have been commended by the Miltary High Command fr their efforts and also encouraged to remain committed in the fight against insurgency.
Soldiers engage bandits in Zamfara
Legit.ng had reported earlier that no fewer than 10 kidnapped victims were rescued from the clutches of bandits by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji at Yenyewa village in Zamfara following a tip-off.
Enenche made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 22, in Abuja. He said the troops had on Sunday, December 20, responded to a distress call on bandits’ activities in the area and engaged them in a gun duel.
According to him, the criminals had no choice but to flee in disarray as the troops overwhelmed them with superior firepower. As a result, they also left behind 10 kidnapped victims.
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