Army Arrest Top Bandits’ Informant, Logistics Suppliers In Sokoto

 

 

The Nigerians Army says it intercepted and apprehended some notorious bandit’s informant and logistics suppliers at Burkusuma market all in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

According to a communique by army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa the arrests were made when troops were carrying out offensive operations against armed banditry and other criminal activities within Sokoto State and its environs.

Colonel Sagir said troops of Operation HARBIN KUNAMA III on 23 June 2019 while on routine aggressive patrol to Danboa village intercepted the suspects.

He said the troops acting on credible intelligence report raided the location and apprehended the criminals who were transacting in the market.

Notable among them were: “(i) Mallam Ibrahim — Confirmed to be a notorious bandits informant and collaborator renowned for collecting ransom on behalf of the bandits.

“(ii) Mallam Ashiru Goni — Confirmed to be another notorious bandits courier agent who specializes in transporting logistics for bandits within and outside Sokoto State.

“(iii) Mamman Taratse — A confirmed logistician for the criminals, – he specializes in the sale of rustled cattle at various markets within and outside Sokoto State”.

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Similarly, Colonel Sagir who is the Acting Director Army Public Relations stated that troops in response to complaints of bandits activities at Magira village, stormed and raided the location and engaged the bandits in a fierce battle.

“Consequently, the troops pursued the bandits to their hideouts killing scores, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries. Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter,” Colonel Sagir said.

He said that the General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Major General Hakeem Oladapo Otiki on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai commended the troops for the exploits and thanked the locals for providing timely information that led to the successful encounter.

“He enjoined members of the public to continue to support the ongoing operation by providing timely and accurate information to enable the troops sustain the tempo against armed banditry and other criminal activities in Nigeria,” the army spokesman said.

Army Lays To Rest Remains Of Officer, Two Soldiers Killed On Duty

 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday laid to rest the remains of an officer and two soldiers who were killed while on clearance operations along Mauli-Borgozo axis on Monday, May 13. 

Prominent among those who were laid to rest was Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu who was the Commanding Officer (CO), of 154 Task Force Battalion Borgozo.

According to a statement by army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the officer was on a clearance operation along Mauli- Borgozo when his vehicle climbed on a buried Improvised Explosive Device which detonated resulting in losing his life and that of two other soldiers while others were wounded in action.

At the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery in Maiduguri Borno State, where the funeral ceremony held, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commiserated with the family of the deceased.

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General Buratai used the opportunity to also commend the efforts of the entire troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the war on terror and charged them to remain steadfast, more committed and professional for the sake of Nigeria.

The COAS emphatically stated that Nigerian Army personnel, under his leadership, despite occasional hitches, – will never be deterred in the ongoing just war against terrorism in Nigeria.

While laying to rest the remains of the patriotic soldiers, Buratai said the sacrifices of all the deceased officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army is no doubt painful to all, but that will further ginger the serving gallant troops to do more to ensure that the nation remains secure and peaceful.

Present at the solemn occasion were the Chief of Training and Operations ‘Army’, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Theatre Commander OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, Corp Commander Engineers, Major General John Malu, Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, Corps Commander Supply and Transport, Major General Victor Offiong, Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Theatre Command and HQ 7 Division amongst others.

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance Checkpoints

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance CheckpointsDeputy Director of Army Public Relations of 82 Division, Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa and the Commandant of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Colonel Isa Abdullahi, have commenced inspection of activities at different check points of the ‘Exercise Python Dance’.

This is to further strengthen the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the mandate of the latest security operations in the five Southeast states.

It is also aimed at ensuring the various teams are operating within the premise of mandate, as well as ensuring that the exercise yields the desired results.

According to Mr Musa, the effect of the exercise was already manifesting, especially in the area of traffic congestion, as it had been minimized greatly at the Bridge Head axis as well as other border points where the check points of the exercise were planted.

At the boundary between Anambra and Enugu state at Amansea community on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, vehicular movement was equally said to be smooth and uninterrupted.

The check points were well manned by vigilant eyed soldiers who passed the vehicles as they came and at the same time maintained security in the area.

On the arrival of Mr Musa and Mr Abdullahi, to inspect the mode of operation at the point, they expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance of road users.

The mandate of the exercise included but was not limited to checkmating rising waves of crime usually prevalent during the yuletide period, traffic decongestion of major highways, patrol raids, cordon and search, planting of check point and road blocks, show of force and anti-kidnapping drills among other serious violent crimes including herdsmen-farmers clashes.

At the second boundary between Anambra and Enugu state, the soldiers, properly positioned, were seen passing vehicles calmly, while motorists complied with the new set up maximally.

Reduced Gridlock

Moving out of the area, the next port of call was the Bridge Head axis where initially complaints were laid over sudden traffic congestion occasioned by the new check points.

Reacting to that, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, maintained that the interest of the Nigerian Army was the peace and stability of the country, and in the present exercise, it would be to ensure that the targeted challenges were reduced to barest minimum.

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Musa said, “the Nigerian Army has no other interest except one – to ensure peace, security and stability in all parts of Nigeria.

“Here like we have explained, issues of kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, cultism, and even traffic gridlock are the issues and our interest here is to ensure that these security challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.

“You can see vehicles moving left and right, so there is no congestion. In any case, there is not much stop and search operation on the road.

“Soldiers are just by the side of the road watching in case of any need for them to act. They will act professionally and decisively,” he said.

While many commended the efforts of the Nigerian army in the area of security and maintenance of orderliness on the highways brought about by their presence, others still complained of traffic congestion.

In the words of some of the citizens, “police and army are doing well, there is no problem.”

Another commuter said, “it is a welcome development because when the military men are on the road, it makes people feel safe that no thieves will attack them.

“So for me, I think it is a welcome development but I will also want to advise them to be courteous of not causing hold up.”

Musa however noted the complaints and assured citizens of necessary intervention.

Army Reacts To Allegation Against Exercise Python Dance

Army Reacts To Allegation Against Exercise Python DanceThe Nigerian Army has been reacting to claims in some quarters that it launched Operation Python Dance to target members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and MASSOB.

The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 82 Division Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa, told journalists that the operation is to enhance troop’s preparedness against security challenges peculiar to the southeast region, especially during the yuletide.

According to him, the operation is expected to last for one month.

Borno and Niger states guarantee security for sallah celebration

The Niger state police Command  has assured that  it is battle ready to ensure the protection of  lives and property of  its citizens throughout the forth coming Eid –El Fitr and Durbar celebrations which marks the end of the  30 days  Ramadan fasting.
In a statement signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Desire Nsiri, the commissioner noted that the Command is fully prepared for a robust surveillance of the nooks and crannies of the state as well as the covert surveillance of all the places of worship including other important public and private institutions during the Sallah celebrations.
Also, the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, has urged residents to report any suspicious person or movement during the celebration to the force for immediate intervention.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, the force called for the cooperation of the people toward achieving the desired peace during and after the celebration.