Military Airstrikes Kill 135 Bandits, Destroy Camps In Katsina, Zamfara – Spokesman

A file photo of a Nigerian air force airstrike
A file photo of a Nigerian air force airstrike


The Nigerian Military on Saturday said it has killed at least 135 armed bandits during air-raids across Katsina and Zamfara states.

According to a statement signed by a military spokesman, Major General, John Enenche, the air raids, executed by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji, took place between May 20 and 22.

The military said it also neutralised bandit camps.

Nigeria has, in recent years, witnessed a rise in banditry across the country, including in the north-western states of Zamfara and Katsina.

The military said its air-raids, which are conducted based on credible intelligence reports, are intended to rid the north-west of the armed bandits.


Read the military full’s statement below:


1. As part of the renewed offensive to rid the North West of the Country of armed bandits and other criminal elements, the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has decimated several camps and neutralized no fewer than 135 armed bandits in massive air raids executed at several locations in Katsina and Zamfara States between 20 and 22 May 2020. The air strikes were undertaken sequel to credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of the camps, which include Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2 and Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Katsina State as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp; Alhaji Auta’s Camp and Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State.

2. The air interdiction missions were painstakingly undertaken by the Air Component as it dispatched its attack aircraft to the locations in multiple bombing runs, some of which were executed simultaneously. At the Abu Radde Camps on 20 May 2020, a set of huts housing one of the notorious bandit leaders was taken out by air strikes with scores of the bandits killed and few seen fleeing with gunshot wounds towards the Dumburum Forest. Similar air raids were executed at Hassan Tagwaye’s and Alhaji Auta’s Camps as well as at Maikomi with equally devastating effects. HUMINT reports later confirmed that no fewer than 135 bandits were neutralized by the series of air strikes at the various locations.

3.     The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) commends the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute, in order to achieve the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)to restore normalcy to all parts of Nigeria.

4.     You are please requested to disseminate this information, along with the attached declassified short video clip of the attack on Abu Radde’s Camps, through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

Major General
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
23 May 2020

Armed Bandits Kill 16 Police Officers In Zamfara – Police

Gunmen Kill Two Policemen, One Civilian In Kaduna

The Police on Tuesday disclosed that the bodies of 16 officers killed by armed bandits have been recovered in Zamfara State.

The Zamfara State Police Command in a statement  signed by its spokesperson, Muhammad Shehu added that while the bodies of 16 police officers were recovered, 20 other officers were rescued after a rescue operation carried out by the Police Joint Intervention Force.

Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has condoled over the death of the police officers describing their death as a great loss.

The IGP also ordered prompt payment of the deceased officers’ entitlements to their families.

“IGP condoles with the families of the deceased policemen, directs befitting burials for the deceased officers and prompt processing and payments of the life assurance benefits and other entitlements to their families.

“The IGP is saddened with the death of the gallant officers whom he describes as heroes of the force. Their demise is a great loss to Nigeria police force and our dear nation, Nigeria. The supreme price they paid for the security and safety of the country will not be in vain,” the statement read in part.

The Zamfara State police added that it has commenced a search and rescue operation of residents and commuters who might have disappeared during the attack.

According to them, Police Special Forces Personnel, Counter Terrorism Unit, police mobile force, Federal SARS personnel with three surveillance patrol helicopters have commenced an ongoing operation to dislodge remnants armed bandits in hideouts in Zamfara State.

This police in an initial statement last week said only one police officer lost his life while dislodging the bandits in Birnin Mogaji Local Government Area of the state. The statement also added that police team has since restored normalcy and peace in the affected areas after neutralising 104 bandits and arresting 85 others.

27 Feared Killed As Bandits Attack Kaduna Village


At least 27 people have been reported killed and some others injured as armed bandits attacked Gwaska village in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.

The latest attack is coming barely a week after 14 local miners were massacred by gunmen at Janruwa community also in Birnin-Gwari local government area of the State.

Although the Kaduna State police command is yet to confirm the attack, indigenes of the area told Channels Television reporter that the armed bandits who allegedly came from neighbouring Zamfara State invaded the village at about 7:00 p.m.

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The Saturday night attack according to the residents saw the armed bandits shooting sporadically. The gunmen were also said to have burnt down houses in the community.

Survivors mostly women now at Doka district said, most of those killed were volunteers who tried to defend the vulnerable villagers from the attack.

They appealed to the state and the federal government to take urgent steps to forestall further attacks and extinction of communities in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Police Command has earlier deployed a special strike force to curb the activities of terrorists, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements in the Kuyanbana and Kaumuku forests in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.

The operation code-named Operation Restore Hope was aimed at flushing out the bandits from their hideouts and restore peace and security in the area.

Scores Feared Dead, Houses Razed As Gunmen Attack Adamawa Villages

Three communities in Numan Local government area of Adamawa State, Bolki, Bang and Gon have been attacked by armed bandits suspected to be herdsmen.

Many houses were also razed down in the attack.

Chairman of Numan Local Government Area, Arnold Jibla spoke with Channels Television.

According to him, the number of casualties cannot be accounted for yet because the attack was still ongoing.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent of Police says he is yet to be briefed.

Bang village, is a border community between Adamawa and Taraba States.

Local residents who spoke from Bang through a phone call said the entire village has been razed down.

The armed bandits were said to have stormed the village in large numbers in the wee hours of Wednesday unleashing mayhem on unsuspecting villagers.

As at the time of this report the attack is said to be ongoing.


More details to follow

Troops Destroy Camps Of Livestock Rustlers And Armed Bandits

Army Troops Destroy Livestock Rustlers And Armed Bandits' CampsTroops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed hideouts of livestock rustlers and armed bandits in operations military said were tremendously successful.

The feat is in continuation with the clearance of all suspected livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camps and hideouts in Nigeria, especially in the northwest region.

Troops of 223 Battalion, One Brigade of One Division on Friday raided suspected livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camps at Tofa forest in Gusau Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State.

An armed bandit’s hideout set on fire

During the operation, an armed bandit was killed while few others sustained gunshot wounds.

The troops recovered a Dane gun, two locally made pistols and four motorcycles while the camps were destroyed in line with established procedure.

The four motorcycles recovered
The four motorcycles recovered

The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed in a statement on Saturday that the troops also went on a long-range patrol along Dumburum-Batsari forest axis in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State and part of Katsina State.

“They also discovered several cattle rustlers and armed bandits’ camps and destroyed them after an encounter with the bandits in the area.

“Here too, the troops killed a bandit while others fled on motorcycles and recovered three locally made pistols.

locally made pistols recovered

“Thereafter, the patrol team proceeded to Batsari in Katsina State and linked up with troops of 35 Battalion of Three Brigade, Nigerian Army and cleared several bandits’ camps within the area.

“The troops in conjunction with Nigeria Police also recovered a stolen Mercedes Benz car model E200 with registration number Lagos CW 504 LND from one Gambo Ibrahim of Kubacha town, that was stolen at New Karu.

Another hideout destroyed by troops

“Similarly, troops at Anchau, Kaduna State, pursued a notorious armed bandit named Danladi Tasha Adamu along Kargi District (who) unfortunately fled into the bush.

“He, however, abandoned seven rustled cattle.

“The recovered livestock were handed over to Kubau Local Government Council officials,” Colonel Usman said.

Troops Kill Armed Bandits, Cattle Rustlers In North West

Cattle RustlersTroops of One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army have killed suspected armed bandits and cattle rustlers during an operation in some states across the North West zone.

This was disclosed by the General Officer Commanding, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, during an assessment tour of areas of operations under his command.

He said that soldiers also killed two suspected armed robbers and recovered some weapons and a stolen vehicle at Panbegwa village in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Major General Adeniyi announced that the division, in an effort to flush out criminals especially armed bandits and cattle rustlers that have been terrorizing rural communities in the two north west and some parts of the north central, has intensified operations in states within the two zones.

The new onslaught, code-named ‘Operation Sharan Daji’, according to the GOC, has started yielding positive result as hundreds of stolen cattle have been recovered from the criminals while several of their camps have been destroyed.

Addressing the troops during the assessment tour, Major General Adeniyi commended their effort so far in ensuring that the criminals are completely flushed out.

He cautioned them to carry out their operations in accordance with the military rules of engagement and to also protect the rights of the civilians in the areas.

He assured the troops that their welfare would be adequately addressed, stating that the accommodation challenge being faced by some of them has been addressed by the Chief of Army Staff, LT General Tukur Buratai.

Kogi Police Parades 45 Criminal Suspects

policeThe Kogi State Police Command has paraded 45 suspected criminals, including a lady for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling activities in the state.

Also paraded among the 45 suspects were 72-year-old Ahmed Andoke, a relative of former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Andoke, and an All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last House of Assembly election for Okehi State Constituency, Idris Ozi Shuaibu, and a cripple alleged to be in custody of stolen items and financing some criminal gangs terrorizing the state.

Following the upsurge of activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, social miscreants and hoodlums in the state the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, deployed a special anti-crime task force to relocate to the state and quickly address the situation.

The State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to give out the sum of 5 million naira to anybody with credible information that will lead to tracking down the kidnappers terrorizing the state.

On parading the suspects and their loot, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the force, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the squad has in the last three weeks quickly design a template to contain the situation.

Items recovered from the suspects are: 3 faces prepaid meters, AK 47, double barrel guns, locally made Dane guns, cartridges, charms, pump action, cars, cutlasses, military camouflage uniform, ATM cards etc.

Two of the harden criminals popularly called cat and target, were said to be terrorizing people of the Okene axis and were alleged to have killed some Policemen on duty and went away with their guns, were called for questioning.

Though Journalists could not ask questions from the suspects, and this made some of the suspects protest by shouting out, while others claimed it was a  frame up.

The police said the suspects will be charged to court after the completion of their investigation, not until then, they will be under the custody of the Police.