Troops Arrest 15 Bandits, Rescue 26 Kidnapped Persons

No fewer than 26 persons kidnapped by armed bandits in Zamfara and Kaduna States have been rescued by troops of the Nigerian military.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who disclosed this at a media briefing on ongoing military operations in the country, said the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies, have continued to intensify the operations in their resolve to stamp out banditry and other sundry crimes in the North West.

According to him, troops of Operation ACCORD acting on credible intelligence, on 12 October 2020, arrested 9 suspected bandits/collaborators at Dan Ali village in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), further disclosed that, in a covert operation based on credible intelligence, 4 suspected bandits including a suspected bandits leader named Mujitafa Shehu were arrested at Kankara Town and Tudu village of Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“In another development, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY deployed at Forward Operation Base Magami while responding to a distress call rescued 23 kidnapped victims from fleeing bandits who abandoned the captives as the unrelenting troops were closing in on their hideout along Zauni-Jengebe road in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State,” he said.

According to Enenche, preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were kidnapped while on transit to Magami market from Gusau in a passenger bus.

He said: “Similarly, Land Component of Operation THUNDER STRIKE supported by the Air Component on 8 October 2020, conducted clearance and rescue operations at Audu Jongom, Jekadarebi, Dutse and Gona-Bature villages as well as adjoining forest in Kaduna State.

“During the operations, many bandits’ camps were destroyed. In the same vein, 3 kidnapped victims were rescued, 2 suspects arrested, one AK-47 rifle, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines, 73 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one locally fabricated pistol and 3 locally made rifles were recovered among others.”

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