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OP Sahel Sanity: Troops Rescue Kidnapped Victims, Neutralize Bandits, Arrest Others

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The Nigeria Army on Thursday said, its troops of Operation Sahel Sanity deployed in the North-West Zone to combat banditry and other criminality has succeeded in rescuing several kidnapped victims, neutralizing several bandits and arrested many others.

This was contained in a statement issued by Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko

See the statement bellow:

1. The quest towards riding the North-West zone of banditry and other criminalities by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY is yielding more positive results as the troops neutralize bandits, rescued several kidnap victims and arrested more suspected bandits and their collaborators in recent clearance operations.

Destruction of 3 Bandits Camps at Karaduwa in Matazu LGA of Katsina State on 17 August 2020.
Destruction of 3 Bandits Camps at Karaduwa in Matazu LGA of Katsina State on 17 August 2020.

2. On 15 August 2020, troops deployed at Jengebe acting on credible intelligence arrested 3 suspected bandit’s collaborators at Jengebe market. The suspects were arrested while attempting to sale 3 rustled cows to unsuspecting customers in the market. Also, troops conducting clearance patrol along Faskari-Sheme road came in contact with suspected bandits. In a bid to escape, the bandits opened fire on sighting approaching troops. Nevertheless, the resilient troops closed in on them with superior fire power forcing the bandits to retreat in disarray with possible gunshot wounds and in the process, abandoned their victims including two kidnapped teenage boys namely Aminu Alka and Nasiru. The two rescued teenagers have been handed over to Faskari LGA Authority for onward reunion with their family.3. Similarly, on 16 August 2020, troops conducted aggressive clearance operation to some identified bandit’s enclaves in Dumburum Forest. During the operation, troops successfully neutralized 3 bandits and recovered one AK 47 Rifle, 2 empty AK 47 Rifle magazines and 127 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. Also, same day troops deployed at Dandume LGA of Katsina State rescued 4 kidnap victims from suspected bandits at Tudun Ali village following actionable intelligence from the area. The feat was recorded as bandits fled and abandoned the victims on arrival of troops at the village. In the same vain, troops deployed at Bagega while on fighting patrol rescued 3 kidnap victims from suspected bandits’ captivity at Gobirawa village. The rescued victims namely Gaddafi, Sani Bello and Ya’u Abubakar were successfully reunited with their families amid tears of joy and praises for the troops.

Bello Abdulrahman a suspected Bandit arrested by troops around Bena Village in Zamfara State on 19 August 2020.
Bello Abdulrahman a suspected Bandit arrested by troops around Bena Village in Zamfara State on 19 August 2020.

4. In another development, gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY thwarted a criminal attempt by bandits to rustle several cattle from villagers at Yadi village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State. The troops who received information about bandits’ activities in the area quickly mobilized to the village forcing the bandits to abandon all the rustled cattles and fled. All the recovered animals were handed over to the rightful owners by the troops.5. Furthermore, on 17 August 2020, following credible information, troops arrested a suspected bandit named Dahiru Liman. at Ugwan Malama Rama. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect has been hibernating in the village following the destruction of their camps at Bakin Lamba during a clearance operation by troops in the general area. Relatedly, on 18 August 2020, troops conducted cordon and search operation at various suspected bandits hideouts, recovered 5 locally fabricated Dane Guns at Unguwar Tsamiya village in Faskari LGA of Katsina. The bandits are suspected to have horridly fled the hideout, therefore abandoning the weapons before the troops arrived.

6. Additionally, 0n 19 August 2020, following credible intelligence which revealed the movement of bandits along Marehe – Danlayi – Bena axis with possible intent to rustle cattle in a village around Bena, troops swiftly mobilized and laid ambush along the route and arrested 1 suspected bandit, Bello Abdulrahman with a machete while 2 others escaped into the bush. The suspect is currently undergoing preliminary investigation while efforts are being intensified to apprehend his fleeing accomplices.

7. In another development, same day on 19 August 2020, troops conducted a cordon and search operation in a suspected building used by bandits and recovered 1 locally made Dane Gun and several charms which were abandoned in a hut at the outskirts of Tsamiya village. Similarly, same day, following a tip off, troops of Combat Team – 4 Operation SAHEL SANITY in the vicinity of Munhaye village conducted cordon and search operation at a building located at the edge of the village suspected to be one of those used by bandits as a rest area. During the search, troops recovered 3 live rounds of 7.62mm Special, some cosmetics, several wrappers, boxes and other household items. Items are suspected to have been looted and used for sustenance by the bandits.

SUSPECTED BANDIT DAHIRU LIMAN ARRESTED AT UGWAN MALAMA RAMA ON 17 AUG 20
SUSPECTED BANDIT DAHIRU LIMAN ARRESTED AT UGWAN MALAMA RAMA ON 17 AUG 20

8. Relatedly, on 19 August 2020, troops deployed at Faskari conducted fighting patrol to Yar malamai village following a tip off on sighting 6 suspected bandits within the vicinity of the village. Accordingly, 4 suspected bandits were apprehended by the troops and currently undergoing investigation.9. To this end, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for the successes so far achieved and their commitment. They are further urged not to rest on their oars. While the people of the North-West are once more assured of troops commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone. They are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with information that will assist them in the operation.

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Tailor Defence: Travel To U.S. If You Are Sure , Falana Tells Abba Kyari

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Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer has challenged Nigeria’s deputy police commissioner Abba Kyari to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the District Court in the United States if he is not guilty of allegations against him.

Mr Kyari had denied any wrongdoing on Thursday after the news of his embroiling with Nigerian Internet fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi, in a multimillion-dollar fraud.

Court documents revealed an order to arrest and detain Mr Kyari after Mr Abbas pleaded guilty to large-scale cyber fraud in the U.S. recently. The documents also exposed how Mr Abbas bribed Mr Kyari to arrest one of his gang members following a dispute presumably over the proceeds of crime. The police officer arrested and detained the gang member.

Claiming no wrongdoing, Mr Kyari, in a statement on Facebook, narrated how Mr Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family.

He said the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to anyone’s life, “and they are longtime friends who have money issues between them.

“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” claiming that he only introduced Mr Abbas, who paid N300,000 to his cloth vendor.

“Later, he saw some of my native clothes and caps on my social media page, and he said he likes them, and he was connected to the person selling the clothes, and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account,” added Mr Kyari. “The native clothes and caps (five sets) were brought to our office, and He sent somebody to collect them in our office.”

Reacting to Mr Kyari’s claims, Mr Falana said, “The United States and Nigeria have an extradition treaty which covers the offences allegedly committed by CP Abba Kyari.”

“If the police officer insists on his innocence, he may want to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the district court in the United States. Once the request is received by the federal government, the attorney general will commence extradition proceedings in the federal high court.”

Additional details in the indictment file contained how Mr Kyari left his job as a police officer and travelled to Dubai to enjoy a good time with Mr Abbas, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.

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Banditry: We Are Available to Help, Boris Johnson Tells Buhari

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is available to assist Nigeria in its war against terrorism.

Johnson stated this while holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday.

President Buhari had earlier reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.

“We are available to help,” he said.

At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that in a bid to bring the various forms of terrorism to an end, then it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.

According to a communique by the President’s special media aide, the two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, the leadership of the Commonwealth going forward, and other matters of mutual interest.

Nigeria’s power needs and efforts which are being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security, were also brought to the table.

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IGP Orders Action on FBI’s Allegation Against Abba Kyari

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The Inspector-General of Police has ordered a review of the allegations against Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Kyari has been accused of being bribed by suspected billionaire fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, but he denied the allegation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also asked Nigerian authorities to track down Kyari over an allegation that the cop received money from Hushpuppi to help jail his associate.

Spokesman of the police, Frank Mba, in a terse statement, made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

The statement read, ”Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

”The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.

”Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.”

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