The Defense Headquarters has said that Nigerian troops eliminated more than 128 bandits and arrested another 64 in different operations in the north-west and north-central areas in the last two weeks.
Acting Director, Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General. Bernard Onyeuko revealed this by providing updates on military operations between November 11 and November 25 on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said Operation Hadarin Daji troops eliminated 118, arrested 12 criminal elements and rescued five kidnapped victims throughout the theater during the period.
It added that 26 assorted weapons and 194 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered during the period in question.
According to him, the troops carried out a series of ground and air operations in the villages of Runka and Nasarawa in the local government area of Safana and in the village of Kaiga Mallammai, all in Katsina state.
He said that three men, Alhaji Lawal Auwalu, Ibrahim Tayo and Dahiru Abubakar, suspected of being logistics providers for bandits were arrested.
“In the period in question, several air strikes were carried out on the bandits’ enclaves, causing heavy casualties to the bandits.
“These include a place where a bandit kingpin, Bello Guda Turji, his subordinate commander, Bello Buza, and other infantrymen operating within Sokoto and part of Zamfa state, use as a camp.
“The air strikes resulted in the neutralization of dozens of armed bandits, including their top leaders and infantrymen, as well as the destruction of their structures, equipment, weapons and logistical supplies.
“Troops have continued to increase air patrols throughout the theater to deny bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action in the area,” he said.
In the North Center, Onyeuko said that Operation Safe Haven troops rescued some kidnapped civilians and arrested criminal elements.
He said that one of the arrested elements was John Paul, who deals in arms and owns a mini factory where he manufactured arms and ammunition.
The defense spokesman added that the troops rescued 38 kidnapped victims, arrested 45 criminal elements and eliminated three during the period.
According to him, the troops also recovered six assorted weapons, 13 7.62mm rounds, as well as several sacks of cannabis sativa and 200 head of cattle among other items in parts of the Plateau and Kaduna states.
He added that Whirl Stroke Headquarters had continued to engage communities in peace meetings in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states as part of non-kinetic efforts to address insecurity.
Onyeuko said that the kinetic effort led to the murder of seven bandits, the arrest of seven, and the rescue of five victims kidnapped during the period .
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