Army rescue 17 kidnapped victims, arrest 33 bandits in Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara

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*** as Buratai vows to restore peace in Northwest zone

The Nigerian Army says it has recorded a major breakthrough in ongoing efforts to checkmate the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers as well as incessant killings and other crimes in the Northwest as it neutralized 80 bandits and arrested 33 suspected bandits in its clearing operation in the area.

Its troops under the Operation Sahel Sanity also rescued 17 kidnapped victims and arrested 14 bandits’ informants and their collaborators in the operations in Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.

Briefing newsmen at the Special Army Super Camp 4, Faskari, Katsina State, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko said the army would not relent until the entire region is completely cleared of banditry.

“The aim of the operation is to support Operation Hadarin Daji in streaming the tides of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other crimes in the northwest.”

He said troops also destroyed the notorious Dangote Triangle bandits’ camp, their logistics base and several other camps. In the process,943 cows, 633 sheep/rams were recovered.

Other weapons recovered included seven AK-47 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and 16 Dane guns.

“The gallant troops will continue to dominate volatile areas with confidence, building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations to deny the bandits and other elements freedom of action.

“The achievement is further evident by the active resumption of farming, social and economic activities by the local communities with reduced fear of threats in their localities,” he said.

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He said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and professionalism exhibited in the operations. Buratai urged them not to relent in their efforts to end banditry and other security threats in the country.

According to him, Buratai also reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the restoration of peace to the restive region.

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