Nigerian Troops, fighting to root out armed bandits from some states in the North West of the country, have killed over 30 bandits in several shootouts in Zamfara State, while some notorious bandit leaders have been arrested.
A statement by Colonel Mohammed Dole, spokesman for Operation Sharan Daji, on Saturday said, “In continuation with the on-going Operation Sharan Daji to root out bandits in the North West, troops conducted several raids and ambush operations in major identified camps and routes in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.
“During recent clearance operation along Mashema, Kwadi, kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis, heavy fighting ensued between troops and bandits.
“However, due to overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralized and their camps were set ablaze.
“During another encounter at DABAN-DOKA village near Dansadau, Zamfara State, troops laid ambush to bandits’ identified routes where twenty (20) bandits were neutralized.
“Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt.
“In another development, the troops commenced aggressive day and night fighting patrols around Kyaranke and Giwabawa villages in Kanoma District of Maru LGA, following a tip off on imposition of one million naira (#1m) levy each on the 2 villages.
“Another tip off led to the rescue and recovery of kidnapped victims and the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#500, 000.00) ransom from kidnappers in Subulu forest.
“Additionally, the troops in their recent exploits apprehended 2 notorious bandits, who are known for terrorizing Maradun town and its environs, namely Muhammad Aminu and another one popularly called Yellow at Tashan Udda in Maradun LGA.
“The Force Commander, Operation Sharan Daji, Major General Mohammed Mohammed wishes to assure the law abiding citizens that, the troops are poised to ensure quick restoration of peace and safety in all the vulnerable areas in Kaduna and Zamfara States’, the statement concluded.