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Published On: Wed, Oct 7th, 2020

Military kill 4 bandits, rescue kidnapped victims, recover 162 rustled cattle, sheep in Katsina, Zamfara

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

Troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Sahel Sanity have succeeded in killing 4 notorious armed bandits after launching an aggressive bombardments on suspected armed bandits’ locations at Unguwan Doka village under Dandume local government area of Katsina State.
The success was made in a continued fights against banditry, cattle rustling and kidnappings by the Nigerian Army as contained in a statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko which was made available to newsmen in Gusau Zamfara State capital.
General Onyeuko further said, the troops have succeeded in recovering 128 rustled cows, 6 goats and 18 sheep, saying, “A suspected spy on military activities identified as Idris Yahaya was arrested by the troops along Faskari-’Yankara road whose job was to monitor the movements of troops”.
Furthermore, according to the statement, on the 2 October 2020, gallant troops deployed at Sabon Layi rescued 4 kidnapped victims from Giruwa village of Dandume LGA of Katsina State, following artillery bombardments on suspected bandits’ location at Unguwan-Doka village which resulted in neutralizing 4 of the bandits while others escaped into the forest.
Also on the 25 Septemebr 2020, troops deployed in Kauran Namoda, Zamfara State acting on credible intelligence, successfully intercepted a herd of suspected rustled cattle while the suspects fled into the bush abandoning the animals. A total of 30 cows were recovered and handed back to their owners while troops continue with aggressive day and night patrols of the general area to deny criminal elements freedom of action.
It revealed that, on the 28 September 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dan Ali rescued a 15 year old female kidnapped victim one Rasila, who was abducted in a farm at Tashar Biri village. Victim has been reunited with her family. In the same vein, on the 29 September 2020, troops while on patrol, arrested a suspected drug peddler one Yusufa Mai Unguwar Ahaska from Dorayi in Unguwar Doka village in Faskari LGA.
“Items recovered from the suspect include substance suspected to be hard drugs which during preliminary investigation, he confessed to selling hard drugs to bandit leaders such as Leko and others.
Again, on the same day of 29 September 2020, in reaction to intelligent report on movement of stolen animals using trailers to unknown destination, troops swiftly established snap check point and intercepted 2 trucks loaded with 55 cows and 10 sheep.

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