Nigerian soldiers in “on-going intensive clearance operations” against armed bandits in Zamfara State, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) have overrun bandits’ camps, neutralising a notorious leader named Emir and 59 others, while also capturing assorted ammunition and retrieving hundreds of stolen cows.
Acting Force Information Officer, Ayobami Oni-Orisan, announced this Saturday, October 12, 2019 in a statement.
He said that “between 6th and 7th of October 2019, within BAWA DAJI general area, 3 heavily fortified camps at GUBARAWA, BAWA DAJI and BAWA DAJI Forest were destroyed when the troops overpowered the bandits, overrun the 3 camps and neutralized 39 bandits, (including the notorious bandits’ leader known as “Emir”) and many bandits were obviously wounded.”
Oni-Orisan disclosed that the following items were recovered from the bandits/camps:
a. 3 x AK 47 rifles
b. 421 x 7.62mm (special) ammunition
c. 30 x PKT rifle rounds
d. 10 x magazines
e. 5 x Motorcycles
f. 177 x Cows
g. 7 x handsets
h. 2 x handset batteries
i. Substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa
The statement disclosed that four soldiers were wounded during the operation.
“Similarly,” according to the statement, “in continuation with the offensive against the bandits, clearance operations were also extended to the general area of KURUWA, KAWARA, KALAHE and ZANGO villages in BAKURA Local Government Area where troops encountered a large number of marauders at their camp in ZANGO village on 8 October 2019. The determined troops overwhelmed the armed bandits with a high volume of fire, neutralized 19 of the criminals and recovered 1 motorcycle.
“Additionally, troops also arrested a suspected bandit Abubakar Umar along road LAMBA – DAMRI axis with the sum of 400,000 Naira presumably for purchase of bandits logistics supplies. The suspect will be handed over to the civil police for further investigation/necessary action.
“Additionally, on the 8th of October 2019, troops on fighting patrol in BUKKUYUM general area, intercepted some logistics items enroute to bandits’ camps. The items include:
a. 13 x Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)
b. 8 x Litres of engine oil
c. 4 x Motorcycle tyre tubes
“Furthermore, on the 9th of October 2019, troops deployed in ANKA general area, based on intelligence intercepted and arrested suspected bandits’ logistics suppliers named LAWALI UMAR AND JAMILU LIMAN around KUTURU village in ANKA Local Government Area of the State purchasing some logistics items for onward movement to the bandits’ camps. “Consequently, the troops recovered the under listed items:
a. 4 x Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)
b. 1 x Carton of Malt
c. 3 x Packets of soft drinks
d. 1 x packet of Nutri milk
“In a related development, based on intelligence indicating that armed bandits were seen crossing with some rustled cows at DAKI TAKWAS in ANKA Local Government Area, OPHD troops deployed in the general area immediately ambushed the criminals along road ANKA-DAKI TAKWAS. The criminals fled and abandoned the rustled cows in the area. Troops pursued the fleeing criminals and successfully neutralized 20 of them and recovered the following items:
a. 2 x Motorcycles
b. 6 x magazines
c. 160 x rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and many links
d. 60 x rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition
e. 296 cows
“Presently, troops have dominated the general area with aggressive patrols, snap checkpoints and ambushes amongst other line of operations to deny the criminals freedom of action.
This onslaught against armed banditry and all other criminal activities will continue until banditry is effectively combated. Troops will continue to remain highly committed and professional in carrying out assigned tasks in line with the extant Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct.”