By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said, so far, in all the operations conducted by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity, 100 armed bandits were neutralized, a total of 3,984 cows, 1,627 sheep/rams and 3 Camels were recovered with 148 suspected bandits and 315 illegal armed miners arrested.
This was contained in a press statement issued by Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko held at Soecial Army Super Camp IV, Faskari Katsina State as part of as part of activities of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration.
According to him, large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered which include 43 AK47 Riffles, 1 GPMG and 100 Dane guns, 3,261 rounds of 7.62mm (special) and 151 live cartridges of ammunition.
He said, in all the search and rescue operations carried out, 107 kidnapped victims were rescued, 20 bandits informants and collaborators, 6 arms suppliers, 13 rustled cattle marketers and 32 bandits logistics suppliers were arrested.
While, a total of 81 bandit’s camps including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY. Relatedly 74 bandits attacks and 54 kidnap incidents were foiled by the troops.
Onyeuko stated that, the Operation has in no small measure affected the economic life of the people of the North West zone of the country positively saying that the operation was aimed at supporting Operation HADARIN DAJI to stem the tide of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other sundry crimes in the zone.
He said, “these acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits has been curbed and reduced to its lowest ebb, thanks to the relentless efforts of the troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY”, he added.
Bernard noted that the tremendous successes achieved since the operation started could not have been possible without the sacrifice, commitment and gallantry exhibited by the professional soldiers of the Nigerian Army, some of whom have paid the supreme price within the period under review.
Consequently, the troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are hereby commended for their gallantry, sacrifices, successes and the professionalism exhibited within the short period of the Operation.
He also urged them not to rest on their oars but build on the achievements recorded so far while the people of the North West zone of the country are also appreciated for their cooperation in providing credible information for the success of the operation.
” They are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with actionable information that would aid the desired goal of the operation as they are further reassured of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to restore total peace in the zone and indeed the whole country”, he said.
Lastly, the Brigadier General said “the entire press family both in the Northwest zone and across the country are also appreciated for their professionalism, patriotism, commitment in our quest to restoring peace and normalcy in the North West zone of our dear country”.
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