By Ibrahim Sidi KAULAHI, Gusau
TROOPS OF the Nigerian Army under Operation Sahel Sanity have succeeded in killing two suspected armed bandits and arrested three in the process, a notorious gun runner and informant were captured as well, and rescued 5 kidnapped victims in Zamfara and Sokoto states.
Briefing journalists recently at Super Camp 4 Faskari, the Acting Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, said the X Sahel Sanity has recorded the achievement in its continued fights against banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling across North West zone.
On 25th July 2020, based on reliable information of bandits activities, the troops conducted a Cordon and Search operation at Gurbin Baure of Zamfara state during which 5 suspected bandits were sighted trying to escape the area and instinctively engaged them, in the process 2 bandits were neutralized while the remaining 3 were captured.
“On 22 July 2020 troops acting on credible intelligence arrested a notorious gun runner named Musa Abubakar alias Kasko/Buzu from Mai Wake village, Dakoro area of Maradi, Niger Republic. He was arrested at the premises of a school in Gusau where his relative works as a security guard.
“The suspect was believed to be involved in the supply of illicit dangerous arms from Niger Republic to Nigeria through Sabon Birni and Isah local government area of Sokoto State. The suspect is in custody and providing useful information to the troops.
“Similarly, on 25th July 2020, troops deployed at Sabuwa received a distress call on kidnap activities in the town. troops swiftly mobilised to the area and following a hot pursuit, the kidnappers abandoned their 4 kidnapped victims and fled. Victims were promptly rescued and subsequently reunited with their families.
“Additionally, on 25 July 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bena while conducting patrol to Anguwan Yara, Bankami, Faduwa and Danlayi villages in Zamfara State arrested one bandit informant named Garba Faduwa.The suspect is presently undergoing interrogation.
“Same day, on 25 July 2020 troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Unashi on fighting patrol to Dan Kadai village following information of sighting of bandits around Akawo village under Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara State.The bandits fled on sighting the troops abandoning their victim one Alhaji Lawal Mamman.
“However, troops of Operation Sahel Sanity continue to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols and ambushes paving way for smooth conduct of agricultural and economic activities by the locals”, General Benard has assured