Troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY with the support of Air Task Force has captured one of the notorious armed bandits strongholds known as Dangote Camp located deep in the forest in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Confirming the report Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko, said initial resistance by the bandits was effectively subdued by the superior tactics and dexterity of the troops which resulted in inflicting heavy casualty on the bandits.
Onyeuko said 17 bandits were neutralized while several others were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds as evident by the trails of blood along their escape routes.
He said 5 AK 47 Rifles, 3 Dane guns, 2 AK-47 Rifle magazines, 152 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and 7 motorcycles were captured from the fleeing bandits.
Onyeuko said one brave officer and 2 gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 other soldiers were wounded in action.
He further stated that the wounded in action soldiers are currently responding positively to treatment in a military medical facility.
Onyeuko also disclosed that troops conducting fighting patrol along Faskari – Sheme – Dandume Road in Katsina State arrested 5 suspected bandits including one female.
He said one of the suspects, Bashir Usman who claimed to be a policeman during interrogation could not validate his claim with any form of identification was apprehended with one AK 47 Rifle loaded with 28 rounds of ammunition while riding on a motorcycle.
Onyeuko said include one handset and the sum of N6,050:00 were also recovered from him. He said the suspects are presently undergoing preliminary interrogation.
Onyeuko said troops following a tip off that bandits invaded Kuka Uku Village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State and kidnapped a 16 year old Miss Hadiza Sani, promptly mobilized to the area and made contact with the bandits who abandoned the victim and fled due to the troops aggressive pursuit.
He said the rescued victim has since been reunited with her family.
Meanwhile troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bagega rescued another kidnapped victim, a 10 year old girl, following an alarm by her mother that two bandits on motorcycle kidnapped the victim while they were fetching firewood around Bagega – Tudurki Forest.
Onyeuko said the rescued has been united with her family. He said the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and their resilience.
Onyeuko urges them not to rest on their oars but build on the successes so far achieved. He further assured the people of the North-west zone of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone.
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