Combined troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in collaboration with personnel of the Nigerian Police Force have rescued 23 kidnapped victims and recovered 75 rustled livestock in Kastina State.
This is even as troops of Operation Whirl Stroke deployed at Udei general area, while on routine patrol along Markudi – Lafiya Road foiled an attempted armed bandits’ attack on passengers traveling from Bayelsa State to Jos.
Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche made this disclosure in a separate statement in Abuja.
He explained that following credible information on armed bandits’ activities at Wurma Village in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State, troops in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Police Force swiftly mobilized to the location.
The Troops he said had contact and engaged the bandits who had kidnapped some locals and rustled some livestock from Kwayawa Village in Safana Local Government Area.
“With superior firepower and support by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship, the armed bandits were forced to abandon the kidnapped victims.
“Consequently, troops rescued 18 women and 5 children as well as recovered 75 rustled livestock.
“During the encounter, troops also arrested one bandits’ informant named, Mohammed Saleh along with some arms and ammunition.
“The rescued kidnapped victims have been successfully reunited with their families and the recovered livestock handed over to the owners, while the arrested bandits’ informant has been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency for further action,” he further disclosed.
General Enenche said that criminals who mounted an illegal check-point on Lafiya-Jos Road stopped the commercial vehicle to rob the commuters.
He revealed that his own troops intervened promptly with superior firepower and forced the criminals to flee in disarray.
According to the statement, “troops provided armed escort for the commuters from the scene to Lafiya to enable them to proceed with their journey.
“Similarly, own troops deployed at Zaki Biam and Ukum, while on fighting patrol, responded to a distress call on bandits’ activities at Dyom Village in Borokiyo Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.
“Troops swiftly mobilized to the scene where they had contact and engaged the criminals, forcing them to flee.
“However, troops followed the bandits in hot pursuit and neutralized 2 of them, while some others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“During the encounter, troops recovered some arms and ammunition and a motorcycle”.
He said that the Military High Command commended the troops for their efforts and further encourage them to remain committed to the course.
General Enenche concluded that troops will continue to maintain routine and confidence-building patrols in the Zone.
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