By Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau:
The troops of Nigerian Army under operation Sahel Sanity has arrested a bandit wearing the uniform of a dead policeman and recovered several cattle in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto state.
A statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Brig. General Bernard Onyeuko.
General Onyeuko said on the 9th August, the troops deployed at at Bingi in Maru local area of Zamfara state arrested a suspected bandit and impostor named Sani Saidu wearing a police uniform with the name tag bearing ‘James Oname’.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that James Oname a Police Sergeant was killed in 2015 by bandits at Tunga Rakumi in Maru LGA of Zamfara State,” he said.
He said on the 7th August, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Anka local government area of Zamfara state while on patrol arrested 2 suspected bandits’ couriers named Abdulrazi and Ismaila at Malamawa village in Anka local government area in connection with butchering and selling of stolen cows.
“Troops deployed at the Forward Operations Base Bagega in Anka local government area, Zamfara state arrested two bandits’ collaborators named Sani Sani and Sani Abubakar who were reported to be specialists in selling of bandits’ stolen cows and other items,” he said.
The Acting Director said troops arrested three suspected bandits’ couriers named Hassan Mallam, Kabiru Ahmadu and Surajo Muhammadu of Sabon Birni and Munhaye villages at Pasawa-Magami Road of Zamfara State.
“Troops recovered 17 cows from suspected cattle rustlers at Dogon Ruwa village. The cows were recovered from suspected bandits who abandon them and fled as troops storm the village,” he said.
General Onyeuko added that troops deployed at Mara arrested two suspected bandits named Jamilu Mani and Aminu Lawal along Danmusa – Runka Road in Katsina state.
“Troops on clearance patrol in Katsina state destroyed 8 major bandits camps owned by notorious bandits leader known as Abu-Radde at Lebi Fulani Areas in Batsari local government area of Katsina,” he added.
General Onyeuko said in another operation following a tip-off troops deployed in Faskari local government area of Katsina state arrested 5 suspected bandits in a blue Hyundai
car with registration number Katsina 107 BAK.
He added that troops deployed in Batsari Local government area of Katsina State foiled a coordinated bandits attack on residents of Zamfarawa Kagara village and killed a bandit in the process.
“Troops on fighting patrol arrested a suspected bandit’s informant and logistics supplier named Saifullahi Adamu at Garin Dodo village in Katsina State,” he said.