The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have continued their major operations across the country with attendant successes.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, while briefing journalists on Friday, said the various operations had progressed satisfactorily in all the theatres.
He said troops of “OPERATION SAHEL SANITY”, acting on actionable intelligence, arrested one illegal arms supplier named Usman Ibrahim from Ryom in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Enenche said the suspect was arrested with 890 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition carefully concealed in his vehicle.
Other items recovered from the suspect included, 1 jack knife, 1 pistol grip, a Nigerian Police ID card and the sum N2,230,000.
Enenche added that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was a major illegal arms dealer supplying bandits in the North-West.
He also disclosed that troops conducting stop-and-search operations in Gusau, Zamfara State, based on reliable intelligence, arrested one male and one female suspects namely Kabiru Dauda and Hafsat Musa with 9 parcels containing substances suspected to be Cannabis and other illicit hard drugs.
Enenche said preliminary investigation revealed that suspects were suppliers of hard drugs to bandits.
He said the troops, acting on credible intelligence, arrested a wanted suspected bandit named Usman Gorjo at Ungwar Alhaji Danbuzu and a suspected bandit informant named Isah Bala at Daudawa village.
Enenche said the suspects were arrested in connection with the killing of the head of Daudawa vigilance group recently.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, said the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI on 13 September 2020, decimated another bandits’ camp in the Doumborou forest area of Zamfara State.
He said the air strike was conducted as part of a new subsidiary Operation, tagged “Operation WUTAN DAJI 2”.
He said the successful operation resulted in the killing of several armed bandits belonging to the gang led by the so-called “Dangote”.
Enenche said on 15 September 2020, several bandits, along with their logistics facilities, were destroyed in massive air strikes conducted in the Kwiambana forest area of Zamfara State.
He said troops of “Operation SALAMA” (an internal security outfit in Jigawa State), raided the residence of a suspected bandit at Kabaka Village in Gwiwa Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
During the raid, troops arrested his wife and 4 others while 2 AK 47 rifles, 5 magazines and 149 rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Enenche said it was clear that troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies were committed in their endeavour to end banditry and other sundry crimes in the country.
He said the Military High Command commended the gallant troops for the successes achieved so far and their commitment to duty and assured the people of the North West of Armed Forces of Nigeria’s commitment to the safety of life and property within the zone.
Enenche also encouraged them to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that would assist them in the operations.