North-west: Nigerian Troops Killed 80 Bandits in 25 Days, Says DHQ

*Lt-Gen. Tukur Y. Buratai...chief of Nigeria's Army staff





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By Augustine Osayande, PhD


Nigerian troops have neutralized 80 bandits in all the operations conducted between July 6 and 31 July, 2020.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Benard Onyeuko, said this on Saturday at the Special Army Super Camp 4, Faskari, Katsina State, during a press briefing on 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 is to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other 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 operation 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 has carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.
He said these operations has led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of rustled cattles, arrest of suspected armed 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 bandits have been neutralized, a total of 943 cows, 633 sheep/rams recovered; 33 suspected bandits arrested; 7 AK-47 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 have recorded several successes in line with the aim of the operation.
He said the gallant troops continue 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 is 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 urges 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.

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