By Augustine Osayande
Nigerian troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have neutralized 80 bandits in all the operations conducted between 6 and 31 July, 2020.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, Stated this on Saturday at the Special Army Super Camp 4, Faskari Katsina, during a press briefing on updates of Operation Sahel Sanity
Onyeuko said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai flagged off Operation SAHEL SANITY on the 6 July, 2020 as part of activities of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2020, during which the Nigerian Army Super Camp IV Faskari in Katsina State was established.
He further stated that the aim of the operation was to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, killers and other perpetrators of sundry crimes in the North-West zone of the country.
Onyeuko said these acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits had before now crippled the agricultural, social and economic activities of the people of this zone.
He said the people of the North-West Zone felt immediate impact of the operations with the tremendous successes achieved within the short period of time.
Onyeuko said the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within the period under review had carried out a series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.
He said these operations had led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of rustled cattle, arrest of suspected bandits, arrest of bandits’ informants and collaborators.
“Furthermore, there were recoveries of large cache of arms and ammunition as well as recovery of motorcycles and other bandits logistics within the period.
“So far, in all the operations conducted, 80 armed bandits have been neutralized, a total of 943 cows, 633 sheep/rams recovered; 33 suspected bandits arrested; 7 AK47 Riffles, 1 GPMG and 16 Dane guns captured; 17 kidnapped victims rescued and 14 bandits informants and collaborators arrested.
“Also several bandits camps including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY,” he said.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, said within the first month of Operation SAHEL SANITY from 1-31 July, 2020, troops had recorded several successes in line with the aim of the operations.
He said the gallant troops continued to dominate volatile areas with confidence-building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations to deny the bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action.
Onyeuko said this achievement was further evident by the active resumption of farming, social and economic activities by the locals with reduced fear of threats in their localities.
He said the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and the professionalism exhibited within the short period of Operation SAHEL SANITY.
He said the COAS urged them not to rest on their oars, as he further extended Sallah goodwill message to the people of North West, reassuring them of Nigerian Army’s commitment to restore peace in the zone.