- The Nigerian military through Operation Sharan Daji to flush out bandits in Zamfara has neutralised 20 bandits and freed their captives in the state
- The force information officer of the operation, Muhammad Dole, said some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt
- Dole said during the encounter, troops layed ambush along bandits’ identified routes where 20 bandits were neutralised
The Nigerian military conducting Operation Sharan Daji to flush out bandits in Zamfara, on Saturday, August 4, declared that it had neutralised 20 bandits and freed their captives in Zamfara.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the force information officer of the operation, Muhammad Dole, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna.
According to him, “In continuation of the ongoing Operation SHARAN DAJI, the troops conducted several raids and ambush operations in major identified camps and routes in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi local goverment areas of Zamfara state.”
He said during the encounter at DABAN- DOKA village near Dansadau, troops layed ambush along bandits’ identified routes where 20 bandits were neutralised.
He said: “Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt. In one of the troops encounter with the bandits, 2 notorious bandits, Bello Danboko and Sani Maza, were eliminated in Yanwari ward near Yankuzo and Mai Tukunya village near Dansadau all in Zamfara.”
According to him, during recent clearance operation along Mashema, Kwadi, kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits.
However, due to overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralised and their camps were set ablaze.
This successful feat has created relative peace and spurred massive returns of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their villages in Zurmi local government area .
He said the troops had begun aggressive day and night fighting patrols around Kyaranke and Giwabawa villages in Kanoma District of Maru area, following a tip-off on imposition of one million Naira levy each on the 2 villages.
According to hhim, “Another tip-off led to the rescue and recovery of kidnapped victims and the sum of N500,000 ransom from kidnappers in Subulu forest.“
He also said the troops in their recent exploits, apprehended 2 notorious bandits, known for terrorising Maradun town and its environs.
He identified the alleged abandits as Muhammad Aminu and another one popularly called Yellow at Tashan Udda in Maradun.
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They are undergoing interrogation. He said some weapons, ammunitions, motorcycles, phones and large herds of cows were recovered.
He said the force commander, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, “wishes to assure the law abiding citizens that the troops are poised to ensure quick restoration of peace and safety in all the vulnerable areas in Kaduna and Zamfara states.”
Muhammad urged the populace to continue to give credible information for the success of the operation.
The commander said recent successes recorded were due to collaborative efforts between the troops and the communities.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the NAF said its combat aircraft neutralised several bandits during air attacks near Mashema village and at another location four kilometers Southeast of Yanwari, both in Zamfara.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, August 3.
He said: "OPERATION DIRAN MIKIYA has recorded some early successes, as Nigerian Air Force (NAF) combat aircraft neutralized several armed bandits during air attacks near Mashema Village and at another location 4km Southeast of Yanmari, both in Zamfara state."
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