Banditry: Troops Kill, Arrest Bandits in Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi

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In a bid to facilitate the return of refugees and Internally Displace Persons back to their homes in some parts of Northern Nigeria, the Nigerian Army have killed and arrested many bandits terrorising some communities in Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi States.

A statement issued by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa on Saturday, disclosed that troops of Operation HARBIN KUNAMA III, arrested several gangs of bandits terrorizing Isa, Rabbah and Burkusuma communities around Sububu Forest in Sokoto State as well as in Batsari, Safana and Kankara in Dumburum Forest of Katsina state, while unconfirmed number of the bandits were killed in Gando Forest of Kebbi State.

The statement noted that General Officer Commanding (GOC), 8 Division, Maj Gen Hakeem Otiki while speaking with journalists on the activities of the operation, on Wednesday, confirmed that 8 AK 47 rifles, 2 General Purpose Machine Guns, 2 G3 rifles, 3 dane guns, 9 AK 47 magazine and 48 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered as 5 camps and 25 motorcycles were also destroyed.

The statement read; “Following reinvigorated operational strategies and robust anti banditry operations injected in to the activities of Operation HARBIN KUNAMA III,  troops have in a renewed efforts arrested several gangs of bandits terrorizing Isa, Rabbah and Burkusuma communities around Sububu Forest in Sokoto State as well as in Batsari, Safana and Kankara in Dumburum Forest of Katsina state.

“Similarly, troops deployed in Super Camp covering Bena, Jega, Danko and Wasagu encountered and annihilated uncomfirmed number of bandits and destroyed five( 5) bandits’ camps in Gando Forest of Kebbi State.

“The operation is to facilitate the return of refugees and internally displaced persons back to their homes, creating enabling environment for economic activities to strive and instilled confidence in the locals to remain in their villages and continue their normal lives unmolested,” the statement quoted Otiki as saying.

The GOC “assured the residents of the Nigerian Army readiness to provide adequate security and improve synergy and collaboration with other security agencies within 8 Division Area of Responsibility with the aim of Combating banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other security challenges,” as he “appealed to residents of the areas to always provide useful and timely information to the security agencies for prompt action.”

“He used the opportunity to commend the gallant officers and soldiers of the Division for their resilience and patriotism in the ongoing operation even as he commends members of various vigilante groups and local hunters for their supportive roles to troops,” the statement stressed.