Nigerian Military and Security Agencies Flush Bandits from Zamfara and Katsina States

Unrepentant bandits in Zamfara state who have refused to key into the ongoing Peace Initiatives of the Zamfara State Government, have been flushed out by Operation Hadari Daji (OPHD) which commenced intensive operations in December last year against these criminal elements. This information was made known by the spokesman of the operations, Captain Oni Orisan.

Captain Oni said, OPHD troops comprising personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and other notable security agencies continuously conducted clearance operations to close up with, and neutralize these recalcitrant bandits from their hideouts.

According to him, So far, OPHD troops have flushed out lots of criminals hibernating around local governments like , Tashar Kuturu, Dankalgo, Gobirawa junction, Bagega, Kawaye, Duhuwa, Sabon-Birni, Dankurmi, Dangulbi, Hayin Bawa, Zango, Unguwar Shanu, Tundu Mali, Magazu, Mayanchi and Gando forest, in Anka, Talata Mafara, Tsafe, Maru and Bukkuyum, all of Zamfara state.

The statement further reads, “In thesame vein, OPHD ground troops backed by the fighter jets of the Air Component also cleared Shinfida in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina state during which seferal bandits were neutralised.”

“During these operations, OPHD troops successfully neutralized about 100 bandits , rescued no less than 10 kidnapped persons and brought 6 key commanders to their knees”, he added.

Highligting the recovered items, Oni said, Troops also recovered the following items:

a. 500 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition

b. 23 x Motorbikes

c. 15 x AK 47 rifles

d. 4 x General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG)

e. 1x PKM Machine Gun

e. 1 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb

f. 1 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) tube

g. 11 x fully loaded magazines

h. 600 x rustled cows

i. 300 x rustled sheep

The statement partly read thus, It is worthy of mention that during the clearance operations, OPHD troops in collaboration with the Defence Forces of Niger Republic apprehended a high-profile gunrunner named “Kunene”, responsible for the inflow of arms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons to the region. In addition, troops also apprehended 3 suspected bandits; Abubakar Kiri Koloma, Abubakar Ibrahim and Haruna Alhaji Yaro, and 2 notorious drug dealers; Kabiru Abubakar Isah and Hamisu Dan-kwanba at various locations in Zamfara state during the period. As it is, all the suspects have been profiled and handed over to the relevant security agencies for further interrogation .

It could be recalled that OPHD has succeeded in ensuring that roads Gusau-Sokoto, Katsina-Jibia-Zamfara, Gusau-Shinkafi-Sokoto, Kajiji-Gummi-Anka-Gusau, and many others are safe for travellers, as in the last 2 months, no incident of kidnapping or highway robbery has taken place.

The spokesperson reassured that onslaught against unrepentant and recalcitrant armed bandits will continue until banditry is completely crushed and peace is restored in Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states. Troops of OPHD remain highly motivated, determined, disciplined and professional in executing this mission in line with extant Rules Of Engagement (ROE) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

According to the statement, the Force Commander (FC) OPHD, Brigadier-General Aminu Bande duly uses this medium to reassure the good and peace-loving people of Zamfara and all other neighboring states of their safety. He equally encourages them to support the operation by providing timely and credible information to OPHD troops through the dedicated emergency telephone numbers, earlier provided to the general public, to ensure prompt and efficient action.

The Information Officer concluded by saying the Force Commander warns all recalcitrant bandits and their cohorts to immediately lay down their arms and embrace the on-going peace process or face full military action.

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