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Several Bandits Arrested By Army as Kidnap Victims in North West Also Rescued

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In their quest to rout remnants of bandits and other criminal elements in re bags o youthe North West zone of the country, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have arrested Several Suspected Bandits, Rescue Kidnapped Victims.

Destroyed Bandit Hideout at Godawa Village on 22 September 2020
Destroyed Bandit Hideout at Godawa Village on 22 September 2020

The DHQ disclosed this in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko.

He said on 18 September 2020, troops deployed at Dangulbi while conducting routine operation at an identified bandits area, arrested 2 suspects namely Umaru Lawali and Ahmed Bello.

According to Onyeuko, Items recovered from them include 2 black masks (suspected to be used while committing crime), some quality of cannabis sativa and one motorcycle.

The director said, one Mr Abdullahi Lawal and Bala Saidu were arrested by troops at Sabon Layi and Dandume in connection with their involvement in selling of rustled cattle for bandits. Also, troops deployed at Kwatarkwashi in Zamfara State acting on a credible information arrested one Yunusa Muhammad at Gidan Yawa in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State. Suspect is confessed to being a specialist in arranging the kidnap of victims and collection of ransom on behalf of bandits.

“Additionally, On 19 September 2020, troops deployed at Dandume acting on credible information thwarted what could have been a massive attack on locals by suspected armed bandits at Dandume LGA in Katsina State”.

9 suspected bandit collaborators arrested at Sabon Garin Dan Ali General area in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State on 24 September 2020
9 suspected bandit collaborators arrested at Sabon Garin Dan Ali General area in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State on 24 September 2020

“The troops who received timely information on the movement of the suspects with several motorcycles swiftly mobilized to the area and engage the marauding criminals in a fire fight. The superior firepower of troops forced the suspects to withdraw in disarray with several of the bandits sustaining gunshot wounds as traces of blood were seen on their escape route during exploitation”.

Umaru Lawal and Ahmed Bello suspected Bandits arrested along Dangulbi - Magami, Maru LGA of Zamfara State on 18 September 2020
Umaru Lawal and Ahmed Bello suspected Bandits arrested along Dangulbi – Magami, Maru LGA of Zamfara State on 18 September 2020

Also, on 19 September 2020, following credible information, troops deployed at Batsari arrested a suspected bandit named Abdullahi Musa with at Giginyu village. Suspect was identified to be a member of a criminal bandits gang terrorizing the area. Also, one Amadu Saleh and Shaibu Ibrahim were arrested by troops at Madachi and Maigora villages. The suspects are confirmed to be involved in illicit dealings and supplies of logistics to bandits. Furthermore, following a reliable information about movement of unknown persons suspected to be bandits with 6 motorcycles at Dan Aji forest around Yar Mallamai in Kankara LGA Katsina State, troops immediately mobilized and laid ambush in the area and arrested the
6 suspects.

He disclosed that on 19 September 2020, troops responded to a distress call about suspected armed bandits invasion on Dayau village in Kaura Namoda LGA of Zamfara State. On sighting troops arrival, the bandits in an attempt to escape cowardly fired sporadically and withdrew into the bush, nevertheless the resilient troops pursued them deep into the forest, neutralizing with one of the bandits while One motorcycle was recovered from the fleeing criminals. Same day, troops deployed at Yar Tsamiya Jino while on patrol rescued a young female kidnap victim named Jamila Sani around the fringes of Yar Tsamiya Jino forest. Preliminary investigation revealed that she was kidnapped alongside others at Makasu village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State on 7 September 2020. Efforts are ongoing to rescue the remaining victims.

6 Arrested Suspected Bandits at Dan AJi Forest Around Yar Mallamai in Kankara LGA of Katsina State on 19 September 2020
6 Arrested Suspected Bandits at Dan AJi Forest Around Yar Mallamai in Kankara LGA of Katsina State on 19 September 2020

Also, On 20 September 2020, troops arrested 2 suspected bandits namely Dayyabu Abubakar and Yahaya Murtala along Machika-Mararaba road. Equally, on 22 September 2020, following a tip off, troops in Faskari Katsina State arrested 2 suspected bandits namely Haruna Hassan and Kabiru Abdullahi at Yankara Market and Angwan Boka. Suspects were identified to be members of a bandits group terrorizing locals in the general area, items recovered from them include 2 mobile phones, One knife and cannabis sativa. On same day, troops of Sector 3 arrested one Mallam Gambo, a wanted bandits’ logistics supplier at Dansadau in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.

He further said on 23 September 2020, troops on clearance patrol destroyed several bandits’ camps and recovered 2 Dane guns, one locally made sword and 3 Axes. Relatedly, troops acting on intelligence raided some suspected bandits’ camps at Gadawa general area. The bandits fled the area before the troops arrive, notwithstanding, troops recovered 2 motorcycles, One mobile phone and the sum of of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) after conducting thorough search of the area. Also, troops deployed at Daudawa arrested a suspected bandits collaborator named Abubakar Isah at Daudawa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State.

Additionally, on 24 September 2020, troops deployed at Dan Ali village based on credible intelligence arrested 9 suspected bandits collaborators at Sabon Garin Dan Ali general area in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State. Also, troops deployed at Daudawa, acting on a tip off by locals arrested one Surajo Bala, a suspected bandits informant. Suspect confessed to be involved in arranging kidnap of victims for bandits. Relatedly, troops deployed at Safana, responding to a distress call foiled an armed bandits attack and recovered several rustled cattle at Danyegeya village in Safana LGA. The troops swiftly storm the village and pursued the bandits forcing them to abandon their loots as they escaped under the cover of darkness with possible gunshot wounds. The recovered cattle were handed over to the rightful owners, while troops continue to dominate the area with fighting patrols

Surajo Bala suspected bandit informant arrested at Dansadau Village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State on 23 September 2020
Surajo Bala suspected bandit informant arrested at Dansadau Village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State on 23 September 2020

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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We Will Defend the Country And Her democracy at All Cost – Army

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The Nigerian Army has reaffirmed its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the country.

It therefore warned subversive elements and trouble makers against ever giving it a thought that they can do anything to capable of causing disturbance of the peace of the land as remains committed to defend the country and her democracy at all cost.

It therefore directed its all its officers and men not to be distracted by anti democratic forces and agents of disunity fanning the embers of hatred and beating the drum of war in the country.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made this warning in a statement he issued Wednesday.

THE STATEMENT:

NIGERIAN ARMY REMAINS RESOLUTE TO THE PEACE AND STABILITY OF THE NATION

1. The Nigerian Army (NA) wishes to reassure law abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria. As a responsible and law abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the Country.

2. The NA hereby warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defend the country and her democracy at all cost. The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively. All officers and men are directed never to be distracted by anti democratic forces and agents of disunity.

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Army Records Success in North West, Rescues Kidnapped Victims, Arrest Bandits, Recovered Several Arms

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The troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have stepped up their quest to rout remnants of bandits and other criminal elements in the North West zone of the country.
RESCUED KIDNAPPED VICTIMS BY TROOPS ALONG ZUANI-JENGEME ROAD IN GUSAU ON 9 OCTOBER 2020.
RESCUED KIDNAPPED VICTIMS BY TROOPS ALONG ZUANI-JENGEME ROAD IN GUSAU ON 9 OCTOBER 2020.

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In a statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier General BENARD ONYEUKO, the gallant troops have relentlessly redoubled their efforts in this regard recording more successes against the bandits.The statement in full:

As the dry season gradually sets in the North-West zone, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have stepped up operation as they continue to push into the remote and hitherto in-accessible areas due to unfavorable terrain with devastating effect on the marauding criminals.

MUBARAK SHEHU ARRESTED DRUG SUPPLIER WITH RECOVERED 20 PACKETS OF PENTAZOCINE INJECTION AT JENGEBE OF WANKI DISTRICT IN GUSAU LGA OF ZAMFARA STATE ON 5 OCTOBER 2020
MUBARAK SHEHU ARRESTED DRUG SUPPLIER WITH RECOVERED 20 PACKETS OF PENTAZOCINE INJECTION AT JENGEBE OF WANKI DISTRICT IN GUSAU LGA OF ZAMFARA STATE ON 5 OCTOBER 2020

Consequently, between 4-9 October 2020, combined troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY, elements of 17 Brigade and Sector 9 Operation Hadarin Daji conducted a combined aggressive clearance operation to identified bandit’s enclaves at Dankar, Kandawa, Yau yau, Hayin Yau yau, Bugaje, Zandam, Kwari Mai Zurfi, Yar Gamji, Bukuru and Jibiyawa in Batsari and Jibiya LGAs of Katsina State leading to the neutralization of 3 bandits, while many others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. In the aftermath of the encounter, the gallant troops captured one AK 47 magazine loaded with 25 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and one dane gun belonging to the fleeing bandits while one bandit’s motorcycle and 8 bandits hideouts were destroyed insitu so far while the operation is still on going.

4 SUSPECTED BANDITS ARRESTED AT TUDU VILLAGE IN KANKARA LGA OF KATSINA STATE ON 4 OCTOBER 2020.
4 SUSPECTED BANDITS ARRESTED AT TUDU VILLAGE IN KANKARA LGA OF KATSINA STATE ON 4 OCTOBER 2020.

Similarly, in a covert operation based on credible intelligence, 4 suspected bandits were arrested at Kankara and Tudu village of Kankara LGA of Katsina state including a suspected bandit leader named *Mujitafa Shehu*.In another development, on 5 October 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bena in Wasagu-Danko LGA of Kebbi state, in conjunction with troops of 223 Battalion deployed at Wasagu and Unashi rescued 2 kidnapped victims during a clearance operation to identified bandits hideout at Dan Umaru, Rancho and Dan Duniya villages. Many of the bandits managed to escape with various degrees of gunshot wounds. Rescued victims have since been reunited with their families amid jubilation by locals. Also, on the same day, following a tip-off, troops of Forward Operation Base Jengebe arrested a suspected drug peddler, one Mubarak Shehu at Jengebe Check Point in Wanki District of Gusau LGA. Suspect was caught with 20 packets of Pentazocine injection concealed in his motorcyle while on transit to deliver item at Kungurmi village of Bungudu LGA. Preliminary investigation revealed the drug baron is a member of the cartel that supplies hard drugs to bandits in the forest.

Relatedly, on 6 October 2020, troops deployed at Yar Santa in Kankara LGA of Katsina State rescued a female Kidnapped victim in Kankara LGA. Rescued victim has been reunited with her family. Furthermore, troops raided and destroyed bandits’ camps during a clearance operation at Garin Inu, Shekewa Forest, Jajaye, Kerewa, Solar, Mallamawa and Gobirawa in Katsina State. Items recovered during the operation include 2 Dane guns and assorted items.

In another development, on 9 October 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Magami while responding to a distress call rescued 23 kidnapped victims from fleeing bandits who abandoned the captives as the unrelenting troops were closing in on their hideout along Zauni-Jengebe road in Gusau LGA of Zamfara state. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were kidnapped while on transit to Magami Market from Gusau in a passenger bus. All the rescued victims were reunited with their families while efforts are intensified to track the criminal gang members.

DESTROYED BANDIT HIDEOUT BY TROOPS DURING A CLEARANCE OPERATION AT KANDAWA VILLAGE IN BATSARI LGA OF KATSINA STATE ON 7 OCTOBER 2020
DESTROYED BANDIT HIDEOUT BY TROOPS DURING A CLEARANCE OPERATION AT KANDAWA VILLAGE IN BATSARI LGA OF KATSINA STATE ON 7 OCTOBER 2020

To this end, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for the remarkable successes achieved in the intensified operation and their commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until banditry and other sundry crimes are totally eliminated in the North-West. 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 equally encouraged to continue to avail the troops with credible information that will assist them in the operation.

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Troops Rescue Kidnapped Victims, Neutralize Bandits, Arrest Others

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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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