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Troops Destroy 12 Bandits Camps, Bust Illegal Arms Syndicate

No fewer than 12 bandits’ camps at Yobe Baranda in Batsari LGA of Katsina State, have been destroyed in a combined clearance operations, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed.

The DHQ, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity, who raided the camps also neutralized three bandits in the process, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to a statement issued by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, troops of Operation Sahel Sanity, deployed at Forward Operation Base Sabon Birni Local Government of Sokoto State on 15 August 2020, after an undercover operation, smashed a notorious illegal arms smuggling syndicate.

The gang specializes in massive arms supply to bandits in the North West, from across the international boarders.

“The trio of Alhaji Adamu Alhassan, Salisu Adamu and Abdullahi Sani (all Nigerien citizens) were intercepted by the eagle eyed troops at Dantudu in Mailailai District of Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State with 6 AK-47 Rifles, 3 AK-47 Rifle magazines and 2,415 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition deceptively concealed in various parts of their vehicle,” he said.

Onyeuko, who is the Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), added that preliminary investigation reveals that the dangerous consignment was meant for some bandits in Isah LGA of Sokoto State.

He further said, troops of Forward Operation Base Wanke, on 12 August 2020, arrested a suspected bandit named Shehu Abdullahi, while spying on traders activities in the market with the intent of organizing for their kidnap.

“Similarly same day on 12 August 2020, troops on patrol arrested another bandit informant in Magami named Umar Salisu. Furthermore, following the receipt of credible intelligence that some bandits were sighted at Danjibga Market, troops mobilized to the area and successfully arrested 5 suspected bandits namely Abubakar Ahmadu, Mohammed Bashir Tukur, Adamu Tahiyawo, Ibrahim Alhaji Haruna and Mohammed Yusuf,” he added.

Similarly, Brig. Gen. Onyeuko, said troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Kwantaragi, on 14 August 2020, arrested a bandit informant named Tukur Halilu at Mutukuda village in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.

He disclosed that items recovered from him include two empty AK-47 rifle magazines, one magazine carrier and a broken solar panel.

“Also same day troops at Forward Operation Base Anka arrested 2 bandits’ informants named Mohammed Bashir and Najibu Dalha in Wuya village of Anka LGA of Zamfara State. All arrested suspects are currently in custody undergoing preliminary investigation before being forwarded to appropriate prosecuting authorities,” the DMO Acting Director added.

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