By Joy Odor
In furtherance of the operational mandate to decisively stamp banditry out of North-West zone, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI has neutralised scores during a daring aggressive clearance operation.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General JOHN ENENCHE stated this in a press statement on 12 July 2020, Abuja.
He narrated that on 11 July 2020, following credible intelligence that armed bandits have rustled unconfirmed number of cows around Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata Mafara LGAs of Zamfara State.
“Troops tactically deployed to the scene, contact was made with the armed bandits.
“The determined troops overwhelmed the recalcitrant bandits with superior fire.
“During the encounter, scores were neutralised while others escaped with gun shots wounds.
“Troops successfully recovered 302 rustled cows, 412 sheep, one empty magazine, 5 mobile phones and efforts are ongoing to hand over the rustled animals to the owners.
“In another development, troops rescued 3 kidnapped victims in Isa LGA of Sokoto State.
“Also 2 other kidnapped victims were rescued by own troops at Yayi village in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
“The victims on interrogation stated that they were kidnapped on 1 June 2020 an all the victims have been handed over to the Sokoto State Government.
“Relatedly on 10 July 2020 while on patrol, troops arrested 5 members of Yan Sakai group and a gun fabricator along Maga- Kyabu-Tadurga village road.
“Items recovered include one motorcycle, 10 dane guns, one catarpult and one knife.
“Others are one saw, 16 plugs, one axe and 3 mobile phones.
According to Maj. Gen. Enenche, the Military High Command has commended the troops for their dedication and unwavering commitment and urged them to remain committed and sustain the onslaught against the enemies of our country.