Nigerian Army said that troops of 1 Division involved in anti-cattle rustling and anti-banditry operations in Zamfara State on Monday, carried out clearance operations on suspected armed bandits’ hideouts in some forests within the state.
The troops carried out raids at Batara and Ajah forests in Birnin Magaji and Gusau Local Government Areas, Zamfara State.
Although the armed bandits fled the camps, the troops destroyed the camps, recovered 3 motorcycles and 2 mobile telephone handsets.
They further raided Rimawa forest in Gusau Local Government Area where they arrested 2 wanted armed bandits, Aliyu Abubakar and Umar Ibrahim. In Bini village forest, Maru Local Government Area, the troops also arrested a notorious and wanted armed bandit’s collaborator, Umar Dan Bilbili.
Meanwhile, the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE at about 8.00pm on Monday, accompanied by Civilian JTF successfully thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists on Yauri Community at the outskirts of Maiduguri city, Borno State.
In the encounter, the troops killed 5 of the attackers and recovered 2 AK-47 rifles, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one 60mm Mortar Tube, 1 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle, 2 Dane Guns, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines, 2 FN rifle magazines, 131 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 31 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions, a 60mm Bomb and the sum of N31,275.00 from the terrorists.
“We are glad to inform the public that the general area is calm, while troops have deployed to maintain security in the village and environs, Army spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman stated.