President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant, Bashir Ahmad, has explained how troops of the Nigerian military were able to neutralise 20 bandits in Zamfara.
TheNewsGuru reports the Nigerian military conducting Operation Sharan Daji to flush out bandits in Zamfara, on Saturday neutralised 20 bandits and freed their captives.
“During the recent clearance operation along Mashema, Kwadi, Kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits, Nigerian troops captured top bandits, destroyed their camps and freed captives,” Bashir stated.
According to Force Information Officer of the operation, Col. Muhammad Dole, the encounter at DABAN-DOKA village near Dansadau, troops laid ambush along bandits’ identified routes where 20 bandits were neutralised.
“Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt. In one of the troops’ encounter with the bandits, 2 notorious bandits, Bello Danboko and Sani Maza, were eliminated in Yanwari ward near Yankuzo and Mai Tukunya village near Dansadau all in Zamfara,” Muhammad said.
According to him, during the clearance operation, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits, and that due to overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralised and their camps were set ablaze.
This successful feat has created relative peace and spurred massive returns of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their villages in Zurmi Local Govt Area, according to the military.
Muhammad said the troops had begun aggressive day and night fighting patrols around Kyaranke and Giwabawa villages in Kanoma District of Maru area, following a tip-off on imposition of one million Naira levy each on the 2 villages.
“Another tip-off led to the rescue and recovery of kidnapped victims and the sum of N500,000 ransom from kidnappers in Subulu forest,” he said.
He also said the troops in their recent exploits, apprehended 2 notorious bandits, known for terrorising Maradun town and its environs.
He identified the alleged abandits as Muhammad Aminu and another one popularly called Yellow at Tashan Udda in Maradun. They are undergoing interrogation.
He said some weapons, ammunitions, motorcycles, phones and large herds of cows were recovered.
He said the Force Commander, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed, “wishes to assure the law abiding citizens that the troops are poised to ensure quick restoration of peace and safety in all the vulnerable areas in Kaduna and Zamfara States”.
Muhammad urged the populace to continue to give credible information for the success of the operation.
The commander said recent successes recorded were due to collaborative efforts between the troops and the communities.