The troops conducting Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara state have killed 23 bandits and arrested 18 suspected bandits informants, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers to armed criminals in the state.
The acting Force Information Officer, Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade in a statement said the Air Component of operation SHARAN DAJI carried out several Air strikes around Kagara, Gando, Fankama, Fete and Dumburum Forests. Also arrested was one Muhammed Iso, a notorious kidnapper who was intercepted in Niger Republic through collaboration with the security forces in the country.
“The bandit hails from Naagwalam in Katsina State and confessed to being a member of a five-man syndicate responsible for kidnapping and highway robbery in Batsari and Jibiya axis. It is instructive to state that the suspects arrested have been handed over to Nigerian Police and other agencies for further investigation and possible prosecution”
“These forests provide sanctuaries and hideouts where kidnapped victims are often hidden. Please note that air strikes are precision activities designed to avoid collateral damage,”
“It is significant to mention that subsequent operations in the forests led to the rescue of 40 abducted persons. They include men, women and children from communities in Zamfara State”, Major Abiade said.