By Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau:
Troops of Exercise Sahel Sanity conducting clearance operations in north west have killed two bandits, arrested a gun supplier and several bandit informants in Zamfara and Katsina states.
Briefing journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV in Faskari, the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Brig. General Bernard Onyeuko said on 22th July, troops acting on credible intelligence in Gusau.Zamfara state arrested a notorious gun runner named Musa Abubakar alias Kasko/Buzu from Mai Wake village, Dakoro area of Maradi, Niger Republic.
“The suspect is believed to be involved in the supply of illicit arms from Niger Republic to Nigeria through Sabon Birni and Isah Local Government Areas of Sokoto State,” he said.
General Onyeuko said on 25th July, troops conducted a Cordon and Search operation at Gurbin Baure in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state, two bandits were killed while three bandits were arrested.
“Also on 25th July, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bena while conducting patrol to Anguwan Yara, Bankami, Faduwa and Danlayi villages in Zamfara State arrested one bandit informant named Garba Faduwa,” he said.
The acting director added that similarly, on 25th July, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Unashi on fighting patrol to Dan Kadai village following information of sighting of bandits around Akawo village under Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara State which made the bandits to abandon the kidnapped victim, one Alhaji Lawal Mamman.
Onyeuko said on 25th July, troops deployed at Sabuwa town in Sabuwa local government area of Katsina state received a distress call on kidnap activities in the town, which made the kidnappers to abandon four kidnapped victims.
“The gallant troops of Operation Sahel sanity have continued the arduous task of eliminating and arresting unrepentant armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements in the entire North West zone of the country,” he said.