The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations. Maj. Gen. John Enenche on Thursday said the Armed Forces were reinforcing operations to track down and arrest those in collaboration with the bandits in parts of the country.
Enenche disclosed that the military was formulating new strategies daily to counter insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that once it was able to eradicate on the collaborators and banditry would be curbed.
During his weekly briefing, Enenche also revealed that a number of collaborators had been arrested at different locations by troops, stating that three bandits’ accomplices were arrested in the North- West between November 12 and 18, 2020.
He noted that the bandits also suffered heavy casualties as several of them were killed while many others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.
The Defence operations spokesman said, “Based on credible information that a suspected bandit was sighted at Kukar Samu village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, troops mobilised to the scene and arrested two suspected bandits’ collaborators named Nura Ibrahim and Abdullahi Yusuf while trying to escape with motorcycle belonging to bandits who fled on sighting troops.”
“One Sabe Iliya from Muniya village in Safana LGA was also apprehended while pretending to be a farmer but was identified by locals as an informant,” Enenche added.
He also explained that arms and ammunition and other items were captured by troops during the operations in the North-West while identified bandits’ camps were also destroyed.
The General said that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji and other subsidiary operations, have sustained their operations aggressively with noticeable successes.
He disclosed that the troops within the period carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes and aerial patrols, adding that on November 15, troops of Operation Accord while on night patrol at Yar Tasha village engaged some bandits in a firefight.
“During the encounter, three bandits were neutralized while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. Three AK 47 rifles were recovered during the operation.
“Same day, troops deployed at Ungwan Doka rescued one kidnapped victim named, Adamu Yahaya. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was kidnapped at Unguwar Sa’ida village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. The victim has been reunited with his family.”