Troops Nab Bandits’ Informant, Wife in Zamfara

Troops of Forward Operating Base (FOB), Bagega have arrested a suspected bandit’s informant around Kawaye village, in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said troops acted on a tip off to arrest the informant, named Bashar.

According to Enenche, who spoke during a briefing on military operations in the country, at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly sneaks into Bagega Town every night to gather information on troop’s movement and pass same to bandits.

He said the suspect is currently in custody undergoing investigation.

Maj. Gen. Enenche, also disclosed that following credible intelligence on movement of suspected wife/collaborator of bandits, troops of 17 Brigade attached to Nigeria-Niger border patrol, along Katsina – Jibia road, on 9 November 2020, arrested one Mrs. Fatima Lawali from Shaku village of Zurmi Local Government in Zamfara.

“The suspect claimed to have left the village to visit her parent in Kusa village close to Gahoni village in Katsina but preliminary investigation revealed that she was on her way to rejoin her husband who fled Shaku village to Kano State for fear of arrest,” he said.

The DMO Coordinator, while speaking further, noted that a notorious bandit leader named, Saleh Tururuwa, and his associate Muhammadu Sani Magaji, both of Illela village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, have denounced their membership to a banditry group, and surrendered 10 AK-47 rifles to the Katsina State Government.

According to him, troops have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive, confidence building and aerial patrols to deny bandits freedom of action. “Thus, the locals are requested to cooperate with the security agencies and avail them with the necessary information that will be useful to our collective objective of taking out the criminals from the zone,” Enenche added.

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