The troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity, under the Nigerian Army, arrested 158 suspected bandits in the ongoing clearance operations in Katsina and Zamfara States.
Brig-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director Media Operations, Operation Sahel Sanity, disclosed this during a news conference at the Special Army Super Camp in Faskari on Tuesday.
Onyeuko says that the troops acting on intelligence information raided an illegal mining site in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State where they arrested 150 bandits and recovered 120 Dane guns and other harmful objects.
The troops also raided another bandits’ camp in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara. he said, where a bandit was neutralised and two others arrested while two AK 47, two magazines and motorcycles were recovered.
“At Daki Takwas village in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops intercepted a Toyota Corolla saloon car with 11 locally made rifles hidden at different parts of the vehicle only a trained person can do make the discovery.
“He said they have also succeeded in intercepting another dangerous lorry heading towards Kofar Dinya in Bukkuyum Local Government Area where they made two arrests.
“Also, at Dogon Karfe Village of Bakura Local Government Area, troops destroyed another camp and arrested a wanted notorious bandit, Yusuf Ibrahim, aka ‘Bula.
The Troops also intercepted seven trucks loaded with rustled cattle on Gurbi-Jibia Road in Zamfara State while two bandits, Mas’udu Abubakar and Tukur Halliru were apprehended at Daudawa village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State,” Onyeuko said
The suspected bandits had been handed over to the Police Command in Zamfara State for further interrogations, he commended the community for the helpful information.