Troops Intercept Gunmen, Recover Ammunition In Katsina

Troops, NSCDC, KatsinaTroops of 35 Battalion, One Brigade of the Nigerian Army in a joint patrol with officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, have killed a suspected cattle rustler and recovered weapons.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed that the troops and the NSCDC, under the auspices of “Operation SHARAN DAJI”, carried out the operations along Tsambe-Fafare road in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, northwest Nigeria.

“The operation was predicated on information received by well-meaning citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles.

“The team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara State.

“During an encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman said that the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition.

He hinted that another combined team arrested a notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed, otherwise known as Gora with his accomplices, Anas Gora and Bello Sani, during special raids operations along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road also in Katsina State.

The team recovered 49 cattle and 25 sheep from the group and handed them over to the police.

The recovered animals have been handed over to Faskari Local Government Area Council Secretary for handing over to the rightful owners.

Troops Kill Suspected Cattle Rustlers In North-west Nigeria

Catle RustlersTroops of Operation Sharan Daji countering cattle rustling, armed banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in various states in North-western Nigeria have killed several suspected rustlers in the region.

In Zamfara State, four suspected cattle rustlers were killed while 16 others were wounded. Three others were arrested in the operation described as a major successes against the rustlers, by the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman.

Colonel Usman said seven rustlers’ camps were destroyed while 486 livestock were recovered.

“Two machetes, three AK-47 rifles and four AK-47 rifle magazines were also recovered from the criminals,” the army spokesman said.

Addressing reporters after the recoveries, the General Officer Commanding, the One Division of the Nigerian Army urged the residents of the state to report armed bandits and cattle rustlers to security operatives.

“We must take out these bad elements from our midst,” he said.

In Katsina State, the troops killed five suspected cattle rustlers, arrested two others and destroyed five camps.

They also recovered an AK-47 rifle, four locally manufactured guns and 12 machetes. At least 116 livestock from the rustlers.

He said one of the soldiers sustained injury and is receiving to treatment.

In Kaduna State, the troops also recovered 305 livestock, two locally made pistols, three bows and arrows and four machetes. The troops killed two armed suspected rustlers, arrested seven and destroyed six camps belonging to the criminals.

In Kano State’s Doguwa forest, one suspected rustler was killed and the rustlers’ camp destroyed. The troops also recovered 126 cattle, 331 sheep, 10 donkeys and three camels from the rustlers.

Deep operations by troops of one Division of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies, deployed in the various States are ongoing to flush out kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other armed criminals.

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.

Army Says Over 100 Armed Bandits Killed In Nigeria’s North West In 2015

ArmyThe General Officer Commanding, 1 Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, has announced that over 100 armed bandits including members of the Boko Haram sect and cattle rustlers were killed within the North West zone in 2015.

He disclosed this while addressing a news conference in his office to review the activities of the division in 2015.

He said that 21 key members of the Boko Haram terrorist group were arrested and hundreds of their camps destroyed within the year under review.

The military operations which led to the recovery of the weapons and killing of the criminals in the zone were Operation MESSA, Operation Restore Peace, Operation Sharan Daji, among others.

The recovered weapons include assorted types of SMGs, AK47 Rifles, machine guns, locally made pistols among others.

The GOC, while displaying them before reporters at the 1 Division headquarters in Kaduna, said that the weapons were recovered from the bandits during military operations in states within the North West Zone. They are Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

The GOC said that about 37,000 livestock were rescued and handed over to the state committees charged with the responsibility of handing them over to their owners.

Also arrested were 294 cattle rustlers who have been handed over to the Police for prosecution. He added that

While 101 armed bandits were killed in 2015, the GOC announced that the Army lost six soldiers in the various operations.

He maintained that Boko Haram has been defeated. According to him, what is happening at the moment is mop-up operation for which he solicited support from the communities.

He reassured residents of the North West zone that the Army would do everything possible as mandated by the constitution to protect lives and property but they are also expected to go about their activities without molestation.

General Oyebade also stated that the Nigerian Army has no apology over its recent action against members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria.

He insisted that such action would be meted against any group or sect that threatens the peace and stability of the country.