Troops Nab 4 Youths Recruited into Banditry

Troops of Operation Accord yesterday arrested six youths at Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Emergency Digest gathered that a preliminary investigation has revealed that two of them were confirmed to be bandits.

According to a statement issued by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj. Gen. John Enenche, two others were suspected to be new recruits into the camp of a notorious bandit known as Turji.

It says that: “Further search of their phones showed pictures of suspects practicing weapon handling. The suspects confessed to be bandits as alleged. Currently the suspects are in custody for further action.”

In the same vein, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has said that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in Benue State eliminated three armed bandits around Asogo village.

The Coordinator of DMO, in another separate statement, said this was in continuation of aggressive clearance operation to stamp out banditry and other criminal activities in the North Central.

Enenche said: “Following credible intelligence reports on the hideout of some notorious elements who were alleged to be terrorising Abaji general area of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, troops of Sectors 2 and 4 swiftly mobilized to the area to flush out the bandits.

“Troops made contact with armed bandits around Asogo village who on sighting troops opened fire on them and thereafter fled into the surrounding bushes. Troops promptly returned fire thereby killing 3 while one locally made pistol and 11 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered.”

He added that troops of Sector 3, carried out a dawn raid on the residence of some henchmen said to be behind recent clashes between herders and farmers at Atiyagiso community in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

During the operation, Gen. Enenche, said troops successfully apprehended 2 suspects namely Mr Abdulkareem and Mohammed Sani who confessed their involvement in the crime.

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