The Nigerian Army says troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity have arrested 158 suspected bandits in the ongoing clearance operations in Zamfara and Katsina states.
Acting Director Media Operations, Operation Sahel Sanity, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this on Tuesday during a news conference at the Special Army Super Camp in Faskari.
Onyeuko said acting on intelligence information, the troops raided an illegal mining site in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara state where they arrested 150 bandits and recovered 120 Dane guns.
He said the troops also raided another bandits’ camp in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara where a bandit was neutralized and two others arrested while two AK 47, two magazines and motorcycles were recovered.
“Troops also succeeded in intercepting another dangerous lorry heading towards Kofar Dinya in Bukkuyum Local Government Area where we made two arrests,” Onyeuko said.
“Also; at Dogon Karfe Village of Bakura Local Government Area, troops destroyed another camp and arrested a wanted notorious bandit, Yusuf Ibrahim, aka ‘Bula’.”
“Troops also intercepted seven trucks loaded with rustled cattle on Gurbi-Jibia Road in Zamfara state while two bandits, Mas’udu Abubakar and Tukur Halliru were apprehended at Daudawa village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State,” Onyeuko added.
He noted that the suspected bandits had been handed over to the Police Command in Zamfara state for further interrogations.
Onyeuko also commended the communities for providing information to the troops leading to the arrest of the suspects.
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