- The plan of bandits to abduct a house owner in the Sabon Tasha GRA in Chikun LGA of Kaduna came to failure on Saturday, December 11
- This happened after troops of the Nigerian Army in the state responded swiftly and gallantly to a distress call
- During a gun battle with the soldier, the insurgents were forced to flee and abandon their mission
Nigerian soldiers sent packing a gang of bandits who invaded Sabon Tasha GRA in Chikun LGA in Kaduna in the wee hours of Saturday, December 11.
The armed gang which torched a house on fire failed to kidnap the owner after troops responded to distress calls, Daily Trust reports.
It was gathered that the bandits, although engaged the soldiers in a gun duel, later fled upon realising that the troops had superior firepower.
A Chikun resident who identified himself as Benjamin told journalists that the criminals went on a house-to-house raid.
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“We thanked God the Soldiers arrived on time, if not the story would have been bad because they came to pick the house owner but fortunately the house was empty and the bandits set the house on fire out of frustration."
Troops arrest CJTF commander, give details of how he aids bandits
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Military had accused a commander of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Aminu Sani, in Rigasa area of Kaduna state of aiding banditry in the state.
Sani, popularly known as Bolo in the area, was arrested by troops of the Nigerian military's attached to Operation Thunder Strike and Whirl.
Speaking on Sani's arrest, defence spokesperson, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko said Sani was arrested because he was said to have been aiding bandits in the state with their operations.
Onyeuko said the CJTF commander was captured by military troops after a notorious bandit was arrested on December 3, 2021, at the Paka community in the Igabi local government area in Kaduna.
In a Facebook post, Onyeuko said that the bandit had informed the troops during his investigation that Sani was involved in some of the attacks in the area.