Troops Neutralised Top Bandits’ Commanders, 48 Others in North West – Army
The Nigerian Army has said the troops of 8 Division operating in Zamfara and adjoining states have eliminated many bandits’ commanders and over 48 members of their gangs in North West.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Yerima said that the Division had earlier launched “Operation Tsare Mutane” following the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
He said that the COAS had directed the Division to stabilise the security situation in the zone to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.
According to him, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Maj.-Gen. Usman Yusuf, launched the first phase of the operation that lasted from March 23 to April 2 in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara.
“The troops successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others.
“The troops successfully neutralised 48 bandits while the bandits’ leader in the area known as Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
“The troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave and recovered eight AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one PKT and a Machine Gun from the bandits,” he said.