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5 Freed as Troops Arrest 5 Militia ‘Thugs’ in Sokoto

Five persons who were abducted by gunmen in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Sokoto State, since last month, have been rescued by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji.

According to a statement released by the Defence Media Operations (DMO), all the victims have been handed over to the State Government.

In the statement issued by Mr. John Enenche, troops rescued three of the kidnapped victims in Isa LGA, and the rest at Yayi village in Sabon Birni LGA.

Enenche, who is a Major General, said on interrogation, the victims disclosed that they were kidnapped on 1 June 2020.

He equally said that, “On 11 July 2020, following credible intelligence that armed bandits have rustled unconfirmed number of cows around Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata Mafara LGAs of Zamfara State, troops were tactically deployed to the scene.

According to him, the recalcitrant bandits were overwhelmed by troops’ superior fire.

Said the DMO Coordinator: “During the encounter, scores were neutralised while others escaped with gun shots wounds. Troops successfully recovered 302 rustled cows and 412 sheep.

“Equally one empty magazine and 5 mobile phones were recovered. Efforts are ongoing to hand over the rustled animals to the owners.”

Maj. Gen. Enenche, further said that, “On 10 July 2020, troops, while on patrol, arrested five members of Yan Sakai group and a gun fabricator along Maga- Kyabu-Tadurga village road.

“Items recovered include one motorcycle, 10 dane guns, one catarpult and one knife. Others were one saw,16 plugs, one axe and 3 mobile phones.”

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