Military Troops Kill 14 Bandits, Rescue 36 Kidnapped Victims
The Acting Director of Defense media Operation(DMO), Brig.Gen Benard Onyeuko says the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to maintain increased vigour and aggressive posture throughout all its operations in the various theatres.
Onyeuko spoke on Thursday during a press briefing on military operations across the country.
He said: “the operational engagements of Operation HADARIN DAJI within the period in focus include clearance, search and rescue as well as extensive air operations to dominate the airspace and provide of close air support for ground troops. These operations were conducted concurrently in different locations of the North West Zone; only incidents with significant results are highlighted.
“Within the period, own troops responded to distress calls of bandits and armed militia groups’ attacks on civilians at Hanutaru and Dansadau villages in Maru LGA of Zamfara State; along Gusau – Sokoto Road.
“Troops also carried out rescue operations within the period at Bakori LGA of Katsina State; Eldabala village in Tangaza LGA and along Lamba Bakura – Dogo Karfe Road in Sokoto State which result to no fewer than 14 armed bandits were neutralized and also a total of 36 kidnapped victims were rescued within the period, troops assisted one of the victims to safe delivery of a baby during one of the encounters.
“A total of 7 AK-47 rifles, 6 motorcycles, assorted military and police uniforms, 6 vehicles and 4 machetes among other items were recovered within the period”.
” A total of 24 criminal elements were intercepted and arrested, including 16 bandits’ informants/collaborators and an impostor by name Faisal Saidu who paraded himself as Lance Corporal Saidu Abubakar, Said Onyeuko.
Brig. Gen. Benard Onyeuko further explains that Within the period, troops of Operation HADIN KAI conducted several land and air operations at different locations of the theatre. These include robust clearance, ambush and road piquet operations as well as comprehensive air patrols to dominate the general area and neutralize terrorists as well as frustrate other criminal elements which led to the neutralization of 16 BHT/ISWAPs as well as arrest of 29 of them, while 40 civilians were rescued.
” BHT and their families 5 female Adults and 12 children were arrested at FOB Mayanti and Darajamel on 15 Jul.
“it is obvious that members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are seriously committed and are working assiduously to fight all forms criminality for the unity of this Nation and will not relent in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace in the Country” Oyeuko added.