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Chief of Army Staff

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Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji are said to have killed over 100 bandits including gunrunners and rescued ten kidnapped persons in Zamfara state.

The Acting Force Information Officer of Operation Hadarin Daji Captain Ayobami Oni-Orisan stated this while parading the suspects in Gusau.

In a statement, Oni-Orisan said the troops which comprises the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Police and the Department of State Services commenced intensive operations since December 2019 against the unrepentant bandits who refused to key into the peace initiatives of Zamfara state government.

According to the statement, the clearance of the bandits was carried out in Tashar Kuturu, Dankalgo, Gobirawa junction and Bagega.

Other Villages are Kawaye, Duhuwa, sabon-Birni, Dankurmi, Dangulbi, Hayin Bawa, Zango, Unguwar Shanu, Tudun Mali, Magazu, Mayanci and Gando all in Anka, Talata Mafara, Tsafe, Maru and Bukkuyum Local Government areas of Zamfara state.

The statement explained that, the ground troops were backed by a fighter jet that cleared Shinfida village in Jibia local government of Katsina state.

The statement disclosed that the troops neutralized 100 bandits including six of its commanders and rescued 10 kidnapped persons.

Troops kill 100 bandits in Zamfara One of the arrested bandits.

They also recovered 500 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, Twenty three motorcycles, 15 AK47 rifles, four general purpose machine guns, one PKM machine gun, one rocket propelled grenade bomb, one rocket propelled grenade tube, and 11 fully loaded magazines as well as 600 and 300 rustled cows and sheep.

In other operations, the troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji in collaboration with the Defence Forces of Niger Republic apprehended a high-profile gunrunner named “Kunene” who is responsible for the inflow of arms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons to the region.

Other suspected bandits arrested are Abubakar Kiri Koloma, Abubakar Ibrahim, Haruna Alhaji Yaro and two notorious drug dealers, Kabiru Abubakar Isah and Hamisu Dan-Kwamba at various locations in Zamfara State.

According to Captain Oni, travellers are now safe to ply the roads in the state and other neighboring states as no incident of kidnapping or highway robbery had taken place, in the last two months in the area.

Captain Oni urged the Public to provide the troops with timely information through the dedicated emergency telephone numbers and warned all recalcitrant bandits to lay down their arms and embrace the ongoing peace process in the affected states.

Credit: FRCN