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The gallant troops deployed within the theatre of operation have recorded more successes against the bandits and other criminal elements in the zone.

SUSPECTED BANDIT'S ARMS SUPPLIER ADAMU USMAN ARRESTED WITH 890 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITIONS BY TROOPS ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT’S ARMS SUPPLIER ADAMU USMAN ARRESTED WITH 890 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITIONS BY TROOPS ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, issued to pressmen on Monday.30 August 2020, following credible information on bandits’ movement with 40 cattle rustled at Kwanar Maje area, the gallant troops quickly moved in and intercepted the bandits along Anka – Gummi road.

However, on sighting the advancing troops from afar, the criminals abandoned the cattle and fled into the forest. All the rustled cattle were successfully recovered and handed back to the rightful owners.

Similarly, on 31 August 2020, troops on patrol foiled another cattle rustling incident and recovered several cattle from suspected cattle rustlers that invaded Zango village in Jibia LGA of Katsina State. The criminals had earlier stormed the village and rustled rustled a large number of cattle belonging to the locals but the timely arrival of the troops reversed their heinous intent leading to abandoning their loot and fleeing into the forested area. All recovered animals were equally returned to their rightful owners.

RUSTLED CATTLE RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM SUSPECTED BANDITS ALONG ANKA GUMMI ROAD ON 30 AUGUST 2020
RUSTLED CATTLE RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM SUSPECTED BANDITS ALONG ANKA GUMMI ROAD ON 30 AUGUST 2020

According to the statement on 1 September 2020, troops deployed at Faskari in Katsina State on routine patrol came in contact with some bandits in company of 2 women suspected to have been kidnapped. While troops closed in on the suspects, the bandits fled into a rocky area.Nevertheless, the resilient troops mounted a hot pursuit forcing them to abandon the 2 kidnapped women. The victims were safely rescued and reunited with their families.

Relatedly, on 2 September 2020 troops on patrol around Mararaban Kawaye received information that armed bandits have kidnapped 3 commuters. The troops swiftly tracked the bandits through their withdrawal route and engaged them in a fire fight which forced the bandits to abandon the kidnapped victims and flee into the bush. Troops exploited the area and recovered one motorcycle abandoned by the fleeing bandits.

SUSPECTED BANDIT'S ARMS SUPPLIER ADAMU USMAN ARRESTED WITH 890 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITIONS BY TROOPS ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT’S ARMS SUPPLIER ADAMU USMAN ARRESTED WITH 890 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITIONS BY TROOPS ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

Relatedly, on 2 September 2020, resulting from the intensity of Operation SAHEL SANITY, a bandit leader name Sada willingly surrendered to troops at Forward Operation Base Dansadau and submitted 3 AK 47 rifles, one Sub Machine Gun and 2 Magazines. He is however being profiled for further necessary action by the Civil authority.Also, on 6 September 2020, troops conducting stop and search along Bingi road intercepted a suspected bandit name Isah Shehu. The suspect was arrested with camouflage uniform concealed in a bag. Information from his phone reveals that the suspect is a notorious bandit addressed as “Commander” by members of his group. He is currently in custody providing troops with vital information.

Similarly, troops acting on reliable intelligence arrested one Abubakar Ibrahim, who is suspected to be an informant working for a wanted notorious bandit leader named Ado Alieru. The suspect admitted during interrogation that Mr Alieru bought him a motorbike which he uses in carrying out assignments for him.

 SUSPECTED BANDIT ABUBAKAR UMARU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT MAGAMI VILLAGE ON 11 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT ABUBAKAR UMARU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT MAGAMI VILLAGE ON 11 SEPTEMBER 2020

Furthermore, on 6 September 2020, troops on patrol responded to a distress call over a kidnap activity at an estate along Dandume road as they quickly mobilized to the area, however, the suspects who were believed to have been hinted through their informants abandoned 9 kidnapped victims and fled the area before the troops arrival.

On same day, troops on patrol arrested one Ibrahim Sule at Koha village under Batsari LGA of Katsina State. Suspect was identified by locals to be a member of a syndicate terrorizing the general area and is currently undergoing interrogation in custdy.

Also, on 7 September 2020, troops at Forward Operation Base Kekuwuje while on routine patrol arrested 2 suspected bandits. The arrest was made following credible intelligence that the suspects are members of a bandit group terrorizing the area.

Items recovered from them include the sum of One Million Five Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty Naira (N1,565,550.00) suspected to be acquired from one of their criminal activities, one Motorcycle, 2 mobile phones and cloths concealed in a bag. The Suspects confessed during interogation to be involved in selling rustled cattle for bandits.

FROM LEFT USMAN GORJO SUSPECTED BANDIT AND ISAH BALA SUSPECTED BANDIT INFORMANT ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT FASKARI ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2020
FROM LEFT USMAN GORJO SUSPECTED BANDIT AND ISAH BALA SUSPECTED BANDIT INFORMANT ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT FASKARI ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2020

In another development, on 8 September 2020, troops deployed at Daki Takwas intercepted and arrested 17 armed Yansakai members on 7 motorcycles at Danmarke village in Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara State.Preliminary investigation revealed that suspects are from Maga in Kebbi State. Items recovered from them include 12 locally fabricated Dane guns, 7 motorcycles and assorted charms. Suspects are in custody undergoing further interrogations.

Relatedly, on 9 September 2020, troops on patrol rescued 14 persons kidnapped by suspected bandits along Dutsinma-Yantumaki road. The victims who were travelling along the route in a commercial vehicle ran into the bandits who diverted their vehicle in an attempt to take them hostage.

However, following prompt information by eyewitness, troops quickly mobilized and pursuit the bandits forcing them to abandon the vehicle laden with passengers. All 14 victims were safely rescued.

Relatedly, on 10 September 2020, troops acting on actionable intelligence arrested one illegal arms supplier named Usman Ibrahim from Ryom in Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State. The suspect was arrested with 890 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition carefully concealed in his vehicle.

Other items recovered from him include, 1 Jack knife, 1 Pistol Grip, a Nigerian Police ID card and the sum of Two Million Two Hundred and Thirty Naira (#2,230,000). Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a major illegal arms dealer supplying bandits in the North-West.

Furthermore, on 10 September 2020, troops conducting clearance operation at Shekewa general area destroyed several bandits camps and arrested 3 suspected bandits named Adamu Musa, Hassan Bello and Rabiu Salisu, also one bandit was neutralized while trying to escape on a motorcycle.

Additionally, on 11 September 2020, troops responding to distress call foiled an attempt by bandits to attack and loot locals at Magami village. On arrival to the village, the bandits engaged the troops but the resilient troops responded with superior fire power forcing the bandits to flee in disarray.

During exploitation, one suspected bandit named Abubakar Umaru was apprehended. Furthermore, on 11 September 2020, following information from locals, troops arrested one Yahaya Abubakar identified to be a bandit collaborator at Ungwan Kardorako village. The suspect is in custody undergoing interrogations. Relatedly, troops while on patrol came in contact with suspected bandits along Bindim-Magami road, troops instinctively pursued the criminals forcing them to abandon 3 kidnapped victims as they managed to escape into the nearby bush.

Additionally, on 12 September 2020, troops conducting stop and search operation in Gusau, Zamfara State based on reliable intelligence arrested one male and one female suspects namely Kabiru Dauda and Hafsat Musa with 9 parcels containing substances suspected to be Cannabis and other illicit hard drugs. Preliminary investigation revealed that suspects are suppliers of hard drugs to bandits.

 SUSPECTED BANDITS ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT KEKUWUJE ON 7 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDITS ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT KEKUWUJE ON 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

Similarly, troops acting on credible intelligence arrested a wanted suspected bandit named Usman Gorjo at Ungwar Alhaji Danbuzu and a suspected bandit informant named Isah Bala at Daudawa village. Suspects were arrested in connection with the killing of the head of Daudawa vigilante group recently.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 criminals.

While the good people of the Northwest are once again 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 timely and credible information that will assist them in the operations.

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Buratai Charges Troops to Deal With Bandits Ruthlessly as He Extends Operation Sahel Sanity to December, 2020

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai announced extension of Exercise Sahel Sanity period to December, 2020 to ensure bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other sundry criminals are totally Defeated.

The COAS made the announcement during a special media chat at the Special Army Super Camp 4, Faskari, Katsina State.

He explained that, considering the progress and achievements recorded by the troops of Exercise Sahel Sanity from 6th July, 2020 to date the Nigerian Army has expanded its area of responsibility beyond northwest to include north central as well as reinforcement and regrouping of troops to deal with the criminals ruthlessly.

Lt. Gen. Buratai noted that, the Nigerian Army is getting more equipments and personnel hence the need for troops to intensify onslaught against the bandits and their accomplices.

Buratai who gave his general assessment on the Exercise Sahel Sanity explained that, he is highly impressed with the dedication, commitment, determination and professionalism of the troops of Exercise Sahel Sanity in the quest to restore normalcy in the Northwest. He also charged them to maintain the tempo. Saying the troops are operating with full compliance within their constitutional responsibility.

Buratai commended the media for their support and cooperation to the Military in disseminating its activities to the general public and urged members of the General public not to shield any criminal as the Nigerian Army in collaboration with other security agencies are working assiduously to end all forms of criminality in the region and the country at large.

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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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Banditry Financed Through Illegal Mining, Says Army

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The Nigeria Army on Tuesday said it has uncovered how illegal mining activities is being used to finance banditry in the country.

In a statement signed by Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Army made the discovery when troops of Operation Sahel Sanity conducted a well coordinated intelligence based operation leading to the raid of an illegal mining site located along Gadan Zaima – Zuru Road in Bukuyyum LGA of Zamfara State which also serve as bandits’ hideout.

During the operation, he said, troops arrested 150 suspects and recovered 20 locally fabricated Dane Guns, one of the suspects was neutralized while trying to escape.

According to Onyeuko, preliminary investigation reveals that aside sabotaging the nation’s economy, banditry is being financed through these illegal mining activities.

Similarly, on 22 August 2020 gallant troops on fighting patrol encountered 3 bandits on motorcycles around Maigalma village in Anka LGA of Zamfara State while attempting to attack innocent residents.

During the encounter, one of the bandits was neutralized while others escaped. Troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, one AK 47 Rifle magazine loaded with 5 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and two motorcycles from the fleeing bandits.He also revealed that on 21 August 2020, troops acting on actionable intelligence raided a known bandit hideout around Dogon Karfe village in Bakura LGA of Zamfara. During the operation, 4 Dane Guns and one loaded magazine were recovered by the troops in an abandoned structure. Same day, following credible intelligence, troops deployed at Wagini village arrested a wanted notorious bandit named Isuhu Ibrahim (aka Bula) who in company of other bandits have been terrorizing the general area for a while.

Relatedly, on 20 August 2020, troops deployed at Daki Takwas conducted a snap road block and successfully intercepted a Toyota Corolla car with Reg No. DAL 41MT. After a deligent search on the vehicle, troops discovered 11 brand new locally made rifles and 150 live cartridges carefully concealed in different parts of the vehicle. Preliminary investigation reveals that the dangerous cargo was heading to Kofar Dinya in Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara State. A total of 5 men were arrested in connection to the illegal fire arms.

SUSPECTED BANDIT TUKUR HALIRU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT YARGAMJI ON 20 AUG 20
SUSPECTED BANDIT TUKUR HALIRU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT YARGAMJI ON 20 AUG 20

Bernard further disclosed that in another development, on 20 August 2020, a repentant bandit leader named Bornon Kejo willingly surrendered to troops and submitted 2 AK-47 Rifles and 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines at Zurmi in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State. Efforts are ongoing to recover more weapons as well as encourage others to embrace peace and submit their arms.Additionally, same day on 20 August 2020, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY deployed at Sabon Layi rescued one adult male and one female earlier kidnapped by suspected bandits. The victims were kidnapped alongside 4 other persons at Daudawa village of Faskari LGA of Katsina State.

 SUSPECTED BANDIT MASAUDU ABUBAKAR ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT NAHUTA VILLAGE IN BATSARI LGA OF KATSINA STSTE ON 20 AUG 20.
SUSPECTED BANDIT MASAUDU ABUBAKAR ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT NAHUTA VILLAGE IN BATSARI LGA OF KATSINA STSTE ON 20 AUG 20.

However, the victims managed to escape from their abductors as a result of troops intense operational activities in the area. The rescued persons have been handed over to officials of Faskari LGA for onward reunion with their families while efforts are ongoing to rescue the remaining 4 victims.Also, troops acting on a tip off arrested a suspected bandit named Masaudu Abubakar. The suspect was identified to be a member of a syndicate terrorizing the area. In the same vein, troops on fighting patrol apprehended a suspected bandit named Tukur Haliru. Suspect was arrested while trying to sneak into Yargamji village on a spy mission from Danjiko Forest.

Also, between 19 – 20 August 2020, 7 trucks loaded with cattle suspected to have been rustled were arrested along Jibia – Katsina road and Gusau – Zaria road respectively. Arrested cattle and suspects have been handed over to Katsina State Police Command and Zamfara State Association of Rustled Animals, Gusau for further necessary action.

 NOTORIOUS BANDIT ISUHU IBRAHIM aka BULA ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT WAGINI VILLAGE ON 21 AUGUST 2020
NOTORIOUS BANDIT ISUHU IBRAHIM aka BULA ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT WAGINI VILLAGE ON 21 AUGUST 2020

Meanwhile, that all arrested suspects are currently in custody undergoing preliminary investigation and will soon be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies for further action.

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