* Kill scores of bandits, recover rustled livestock, arrest gun fabricator
By Augustine Osayande
Nigerian troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have kidnapped victims and neutralised scores of bandits on Sokoto and Zamfara States.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said the troops rescued 3 kidnapped victims in Isa Local Government Area, while 2 other kidnapped victims were rescued at Yayi village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
He said the victims on interrogation stated that they were kidnapped on 1 June 2020.
Enenche said all the victims had been handed over to the Sokoto State Government.
He also confirmed that the troops neutralised scores of bandits during a daring, aggressive clearance operation on 11 July 2020, following credible intelligence that bandits had rustled unconfirmed number of cows around Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata Mafara LGAs of Zamfara State.
Enenche revealed that the troops tactically deployed in the scene and contact was made with the bandits.
He said the troops overwhelmed the recalcitrant bandits with superior fire.
“During the encounter, scores were neutralised while others escaped with gun shots wounds. Troops successfully recovered 302 rustled cows and 412 sheep. Equally one empty magazine and 5 mobile phones were recovered,” Enenche said.
He added that efforts were ongoing to hand over the rustled animals to the owners.
Meanwhile the troops have arrested 5 members of Yan Sakai group and a gun fabricator along Maga- Kyabu-Tadurga village road while on patrol on 10 July 2020.
Enenche said 10 dane guns, one catarpult and one knife, one saw, 16 plugs, one axe and 3 mobile phones were recovered from them
He said the Military High Command commended the troops for their dedication and unwavering commitment and urged them to remain committed and sustain the onslaught against the enemies of the country.