Army foils banditry attacks, rescue victims in Katsina, Zamfara

The troops deployed at Yankara also arrested a suspected collaborator of bandits from Yampa village in Katsina
Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity

In parts of the states of Katsina and Zamfara, the Nigerian Army operating under 'Operation SAHEL SANITY' has foiled banditry attacks and also rescued some of the victims.

Acting Director, Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, who made the above disclosure in a press release made available to newsmen at Faskari Katsina's Super Camp 4, said the troops had stepped up their search to eliminate bandits and other criminal elements from the country's northwest sector.

He said;
“The gallant troops have relentlessly redoubled their efforts in this regard recording more successes against the bandits and their collaborators across the Theatre’.

‘‘On September 12, 2020, troops deployed at Dandume while on patrol rescued two young girls kidnapped by bandits at Dandume LGA in Katsina State. The girls were rescued after a hot pursuit by the troops which forced the bandits to abandon their victims, escaping troops’ wrath by the skin of their teeth.

“The victims who were reportedly kidnapped on August 18, 2020, have been reunited with their families.”

He also stated that troops deployed at Operation Base Wuya retrieved one AK-47 rifle buried in a sugarcane farm in the village of Yarsabiya in Zamfara State's Anka LGA.

According to him,

"several other recoveries were made by troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru responded to a distress call, foiled planned armed bandits attack Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.”

He said
”the troops immediately mobilized and engaged the marauding bandits in a shootout along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray and in the process abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the gallant troops.”

Troops stationed in Faskari also captured a suspected informant bandit named Isah Indo while spying on the position of the troops.

The suspect claimed to be a native of Sabon Layi village in Faskari LGA, according to Onyeuko, but the investigation revealed the his allegations were false as the villagers denied knowing him.

The troops deployed at Yankara also arrested a suspected collaborator of bandits from Yampa village in Katsina State's Faskari LGA named Idris Isah, who is allegedly engaged in illegal bandit activities.