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More Bandits Arrested, Several Kidnap Victims Rescued as Military Operation Sahel Sanity Records Success

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Military authorities have said that more successes have been recorded by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity in the quest towards riding the North-West zone of banditry and other criminality, as the troops neutralized more bandits, rescued several kidnap victims and arrested other suspected bandits and their collaborators in clearance operations.

6 Suspected Bandits arrested by Troops at Gamji Village on 28 August 2020.
6 Suspected Bandits arrested by Troops at Gamji Village on 28 August 2020.

Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko while giving details said,the quest towards riding the North-West zone of banditry and other criminalities by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY is yielding more successes as the troops neutralize bandits, rescued several kidnapped victims and arrested more suspected arm bandits and their collaborators in recent operations.

“On 24 August 2020, following a distress call from locals , troops arrested a suspected bandit named Lawali Dairu at Yauni village in Safana LGA of Katsina State. The suspect invaded the village alongside one Ila Musa to kidnap a woman but met strong resistance from local vigilante group in the area. However, his accomplice escaped before troops arrived the village. During investigation, the suspect confessed being an associate of a bandit leader named Mallam Yau hibernating in Tsafe forest. Concerted effort to arrest his cohorts is ongoing”.

 Lawali Dairy a suspected bandit arrested at Tauni Village in Safana LGA of Katsina State on 24 August 2020.
Lawali Dairy a suspected bandit arrested at Tauni Village in Safana LGA of Katsina State on 24 August 2020.

According to him, in another development, on 25 August 2020, troops deployed at Faskari reacted to a distress call at Daudawa village about bandits attack. The gallant troops responded swiftly and pursued the fleeing bandits. In the process, the troops rescued 2 kidnapped victims and arrested one of the bandit while others escaped. The arrested bandit is undergoing interrogations.

“Relatedly, on 26 August 2020, troops on fighting patrol encountered and rescued 6 persons wandering around Tungar Kaduku Forest. Preliminary investigation revealed that they are natives of Damari village in Bakura LGA of Zamfara who were earlier kidnapped by suspected bandits in their village. They also revealed that their escape was possible due to intense pressure by troops presence and operational activities in the area. The rescued victims were immediately reunited with their families”.

Similarly, on same day troops deployed at FOB Bena arrested a suspected a bandit informant one Bello Abdulrahman around Mashaya – Anguwan Abuja area of Bena town. Preliminary investigation revealed that suspect was responsible for giving out information to bandits on troops movement and identifying persons to be kidnapped for ransom in Bena general area. Further investigation reveals that the suspect has strong connections with Rosha, Sadi Kaboru, Musa Dan Umoru and Dogo Gide who are notorious bandits in the area. The suspect is in own custody undergoing further interrogation.

Furthermore, on 27 August 2020, troops of FOB Danjibga arrested a suspected bandit named Zayyanu Kaura at Danjibga market. During investigation, suspect confessed to be working for one Yakubu, a bandit leader who lives in Dutsen Kura forest. Suspect is in custody for further action while efforts are ongoing to apprehend his group leader.

 Zayyanu Kaura Suspected Bandit arrested at Danjibga Market on 27 August 2020.
Zayyanu Kaura Suspected Bandit arrested at Danjibga Market on 27 August 2020.

General Onyeuko also on 28 August 2020, troops deployed at Mara laid ambush on suspected bandits who attempted to invade Gobirawa village but were repelled by combine effort of troops and local vigilante. During the ambush troops made contact with the armed bandits and engaged them with heavy volume of fire neutralizing 2 of the armed bandits in the process while others escaped with gunshot wounds as traces of blood were seen on their withdraw route. During exploitation, troops also recovered one AK-47 Rifle and one Motorcycle from the fleeing bandits. Additionally, on same day troops of FOB Bagega while on fighting patrol around Tungar Makeri Village of Anka LGA of Zamfara state rescued 2 kidnapped victims who escaped from Gobirawa forest due to the activities of troops in the general area. The victims were immediately reunited with their families in Dahuwa and Sabon Birni villages.

Relatedly, on 28 August 2020, troops conducted a raid operation at some identified bandits hideouts at Gamji Village. During the operation, 6 suspects were apprehended while troops recovered 1 Dane Gun, 1 Motorcycle and 2 cutlasses from the suspects. On same day, troops deployed at Zakka acting on credible intelligence arrested 3 suspected armed bandits namely Sagar Garba, Hafisu Mato and Suleiman Sada. Suspects were identified by locals to be members of a syndicate terrorizing the general area. During preliminary investigation the suspects confessed their involvements in recent cattle rustling activities at Kwaya, Sabon Birni and Baure villages. All arrested suspects are undergoing investigation while effort is ongoing to apprehend other criminals in the general area.

 Bello Abdulrahman suspected Bandit Informant arrested at Mashaya-Anguwan Abuja Area of Bena town on 26 August 2020.
Bello Abdulrahman suspected Bandit Informant arrested at Mashaya-Anguwan Abuja Area of Bena town on 26 August 2020.

The Army General to this end, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for the successes achieved and their commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until Northwest is rid of all forms of criminalities. While the good people of the Northwest are once more assured of troops commitment to safety of lives and property within the zone. They are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the operation

 

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Security: Kogi Responds as 11 Bandits Fell to Superior Firepower

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A group of bandits terrorizing some parts of Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State have met their waterloo as officers of the State Vigilante Group killed 11 of them and arrested others while 3 kidnapped victims were rescued successfully

According to information at the disposal of our reporters, Security operatives acting on intelligence, nabbed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Inspector Abdullahi Saidu who alongside a friend supplies the criminals with weapons and information to undertake their heinous crimes

The successful operation by the security operatives was carried out in series working with credible intelligence.

A source within the Kogi State Vigilante Service had this to say: ”Alaidi is their ring leader. He was killed during the first camp attack. Rabo and seven others were crushed. Madei and one other were killed in the second kidnappers’ camp while Umar escaped with gunshot injuries but was recaptured”.

They also confirmed that five of the kidnappers arrestsd, including the civil defense operative were in the custody of the Department of State Security for further investigations.

Reacting the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Muhammed Onogwu noted that such security success by the operatives was a welcome development and a proof that the security architecture of Kogi State was strong and solid enough to quash all forms of criminal vices

He opined that the Local Vigilantes across the state have continued to record good results because of the morale boost and support the Governor has continued to give as well as the cooperation from the citizens and synergy between the security operatives

Onogwu noted that the continued efforts of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country were so far yielding remarkable results noting that the Governor has severally made a commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements

He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to make efforts towards sustaining the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors.
In the same vein, security agencies are on the trail of kidnappers who were reported to have carried out attack on certain individuals in Kabba.
The State Government said it is in touch with security agencies and that the Governor already gave a marching order that those kidnapped must be rescued and the perpetrators apprehended.
A source within the Kogi State Security circles who doesn’t want his name in print said they are getting “encouraging headway” in their operations against the kidnappers.

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Kidnapped Major Dalung Found Dead

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The military officer Major Christopher Datong abducted on Tuesday at Nigerian Defence Academy, Afaka in Kaduna has been murdered.

According to reports, his body was found on Tuesday evening, hours after he was captured by bandits.

The abductors reportedly demanded N200 million to set him free.

Datong who was from Pankshin in Plateau state, was born 4 January, 1978.

One of the photographs circulating in the social media showed the officer with his pregnant wife.

The security breach of the Nigerian Defence Academy triggered shock across the nation , with people wondering if any one is really safe if bandits could operate so freely inside an elite military institution.

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Our Lives in Danger, Elders, Excos of Inikorogha Community Cries Out

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The elders and executive members of the Inikorogha Community have expressed fear over their lives and the plot to enslave the community and terminate the lives of prominent leaders.

The group made this known through a joint statement by Hon. Timi Robert, CDC Chairman and Mr. Robinson Ogidigba, Chairman Of Elders.

Part of the statement reads: “The good people of Inikorogha community have over a long period of time watched helplessly and with uttermost confusion, the unnecessary assault, persecution, harassment, indiscriminate arrests, and unlawful invasion of the inhabitants and territory of Inikorogha community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State by various security agencies.

” Our sons have been arrested on several occasions based on certain security reports that only exist in the mischievous imagination of Daniel Ezekiel Pere, Peres Ejune, Godstime Ogidigba, their Sponsors and supporters, and all the security agencies/personnel they are collaborating with in making sure they kill Robert Okubo and subject Inikorogha community to their rulership by proxy.

“It beats the imagination of any sane human being to the extent our security agencies have been manipulated by Peres Ejune, Godstime Ogidigba, and the insane social media noise maker Daniel Ezekiel Pere. The story of Robert Okubo being the person behind certain horrible killings and the instigation of the Ijaws against the Binis is not just ridiculous but a calculated attack and a well-hatched plan to bring him (Robert Okubo) to disrepute before the public and subsequently exterminate him. The only place this duplicity roguish rhetoric exist is in the dirty and dubious mental disposition of Daniel Ezekiel Pere, Godstime Ogidigba, and Peres Ejune, their supporters and sponsors, and their collaborators in the security agencies.

For the records, it is pertinent to categorically state here that Robert Okubo is a repentant militant who has sincerely embraced the federal government amnesty and has over the years remained a law-abiding resourceful indigene of Inikorogha community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State. Robert Okubo has proven beyond all shades of doubt through his words and actions that he embraced the federal government amnesty wholeheartedly and with all sincerity of purpose.

“It is a verifiable fact that Robert Okubo after embracing amnesty has been instrumental in maintaining law and order through diligent and honest collaborations with the security agencies, community leaders, and the government of Edo State during his time as SSA to the Governor of Edo State which brought about his elevation to Executive Director in Security and Marine Surveillance,”

The community leaders say it is expedient to bring to the knowledge of all security agencies in Edo State and the Niger Delta region the fact that Robert Okubo has absolutely no hands in the fight between Obazuwa and Ikoro communities in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

“Whatever he has been accused of in respect to the land dispute between the aforementioned communities only exists in the deluded and insane minds of Daniel Ezekiel Pere, Godstime Ogidigba, Peres Ejune, their sponsors, supporters, and collaborators. We wish to make known the truth that our illustrious son Robert Okubo has no hands whatever in any community clash anywhere in Edo State or other places of the Niger Delta region. If he is guilty of anything, he is guilty of doing good by helping the poor and elderly, creating Jobs for youths, and contributing through other significant ways to the peace and progress of Inikorogha community.

Inikorogha community has been subjected to several military raids and drone surveillance, all in futile efforts to find any evidence to pin down Robert Okubo and substantiate the lies of Daniel Ezekiel Pere. The continued inability of the military or any other security agency to find anything that criminalizes Robert Okubo after countless raids in his community and personal properties should have served as enough evidence to vindicate him from the malicious accusations of his detractors,” it further stated.

The statement added that Robert Okubo for the records has no militant group or camp anywhere within or outside Edo State.

“As a community, we wish to say that enough is enough. We call on the presidency and security chiefs through their representatives in Edo State to use their good offices and put to an end the continued harassment of Robert Okubo by people of questionable psychological dispositions and obvious criminal intentions,” it further stated.

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