Nigerian Army Will Be Ruthless With Bandits, Cattle Rustlers, Others – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-general Tukur Buratai addresses officers in Katsina State.


The Nigerian Army has extended its operation to curb the activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, gunrunners, and other criminals in the North-West with a promise to go tough on the outlaws.

Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Nigerian Army announced this on Saturday in Faskari, Katsina State while speaking to journalists from the state and neighbouring Zamfara.

“Be rest assured that the troops are determined to deal decisively with any criminal element not only in the Northwest but also across the country,” he said.

‘Operation Sahel Sanity’, launched amid an upsurge in crime particularly the activities of bandits, rustlers, kidnappers, and gunrunners, will now continue until December.



The army boss, however, believes determination on the part of the army alone will not be enough to stop the criminal activities which have resulted in the loss of scores of lives in the region and sparked outrage over time.

To him, it would take more support from the people of the region who he said had already provided tremendous support for the army – leading to the killing of hundreds of bandits and arrest of hundreds more including their allies.

“I already said it that these people don’t come from the skies they are within us and most of the arrests that have been made in the towns and villages, they have relations in those communities and they visit them,” he said.

“As soon as we stop shielding these criminals, the sooner we will get the insecurity resolved in all our societies. We have so far improved on our intelligence gathering.”


In order to expose such criminals, Buratai expects people to disregard their relationship with them “no matter how tight and close” the relationship may be.

“Otherwise these criminals will one day turn against them,” he warned.




Since the army launched Operation Sahel Sanity it has announced successes several times and the army boss is impressed with the progress made so far.

His visit to Katsina is to access the progress of the operation, especially in Katsina and Zamfara states where the Special Army Super Camp is located, from where the operation is coordinated.

“I am impressed with the brief I had this afternoon with the level of commitment, dedication, and loyalty of the troops,” he said.

Under the operation, the army boss added, “The troops have shown courage and determination to resolve the security challenge that has bedevilled the region.

“They tamed to the barest minimum, the issues of kidnapping, cattle Rustling, armed banditry, and gunrunning across the border among others.”

He, however, does not want the army to slow down and decided to extend the operation to ensure that “the desired result is achieved”.

Apart from acknowledging the troops and the people of the region for their support so far, Buratai praised members of the press in Katsina and Zamfara states.

“Their reportage, commentaries, and general assessment have been quite encouraging,” he said.

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, that army announced that troops of Operation Sahel Sanity had over two months killed 100 armed bandits, arrested 148 of them, and recovered about 4,000 cattle.

In addition to that, a total of 3,984 cows, 1,627 sheep/rams, and three camels were recovered while 148 suspected bandits were arrested along with 315 illegal armed miners.

Police Intercept 1000 Rustled Cattle, Arrest Three Suspects In Kano


Operatives of the operation ”Puff Adder” have intercepted over one thousand cattle suspected to have been rustled with three suspects arrested.

Confirming the incident, the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu told journalists that the rustlers were traced from Falgore forest and intercepted at Kwanar Dan Gora while trying to change route.

The suspects confessed to have been involved in cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of criminal activities within Kano and neighbouring states.

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Below is the full statement from the police in Kano state.


Ladies and gentlemen of the press


I once again welcome you to another conference here at Kwanar Dangora, Kiru LGA, Kano State.

First and foremost, let me use this opportunity to commend the Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu NPM, mni, most profoundly for his continued encouragement and guidance to officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in-line with the directives and principles of the veritable Anti-Crime machine of Operation Puff-Adder.

Today, Thursday 12th September, 2019, the command recorded yet another achievement by its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) team of Operation Puff-Adder in conjunction with members of Miyetti Allah where they carried out operations for seven (7) days inside the notorious Falgore Forest using community policing tools.

More than One Thousand (1000) cows were recovered and three (3) notorious cattle rustlers that specialised in Cattle Rustling, Kidnapping and Armed Robbery were arrested. All suspects confessed to their crimes and led *Puff-Adder Operatives to various locations within the forest were the cows were recovered. The suspects are:-

1. Sa’idu Abdullahi AKA Goda 23 years old of Soba LGA, Kaduna State.

2. Lawan Mohd AKA Boda 25 years old of Damau Village, Kubau LGA. Kaduna.

3. Suleman abdullahi AKA Bros, 30 years old of Damau Village Kubau LGA, Kaduna State.

The following Arms and Ammunition recovered

1. Two (2) AK47 Rifles with 110 rounds of live ammunitions

2. Three (3) Pump Action Rifles with 22 live cartridges.

3. Two (2) Military Camouflage Uniforms.

4. Four (4) Mobile Handsets.

Efforts is in progress to track down and arrest all remnants of this syndicate at large and recover any remaining animals or arms and ammunition in their possession, across the difficult terrain along the axis of Falgore Forest.

I remain grateful to the people of Kano for their synergy in driving Community Policing further to the grassroots, thereby making Kano peaceful and a shining example among others.

Thank you all and God Bless”.

Army Arrests 10 Suspected Kidnappers, Rustlers In Benue And Nasarawa

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]



A crack military team of Operation Whirl Stroke operating in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States has arrested 10 suspects involved in kidnapping and other crimes.

The Theatre Commander of the operation, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, paraded the suspects on Wednesday at the OPWS Headquarters in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

He explained that six suspected kidnappers and cattle rustlers were arrested from Nasarawa State and four suspected militia members, including a weapon manufacturer from Benue.

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Yekini added that the troops recovered five assorted weapons and 12 others at various stages of manufacturing from the suspects.

He identified one Saidu Mohammed, a suspected herdsman leading a gang of rustlers with over 2,000 stolen herds of cattle and the kidnapping of herdsmen for ransom in Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi and parts of the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the theater commander, one of Mohammed’s victims who broke loose during the exchange of a N2.5 million ransom, testified against the suspect said to have relocated to Nasarawa State.

He said two of the members of wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza, were arrested with the illegal weapon manufacturer who owns a factory with over 50 weapons sold out.

Three Policemen Missing In Zamfara After Attack By Suspected Rustlers

Three Policemen Missing In Zamfara After Attack By Suspected Rustlers

Three police officers are missing in Zamfara State following an attack on their outpost by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers.

The attack took place at Keta village in Tsafe Local Government Area on Monday, according to the Zamfara State Police Command.

Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Shehu Mohammed, told Channels Television that the missing police officers are believed to have fled into the bush during the attack and a search party has been dispatched to find them.

He denied reports that the trio had been kidnapped by the gunmen, adding that beyond searching for the missing officers, the police were on the hunt for the attackers.

The attack occurred one day before gunmen attacked policemen in Bayelsa State, killing one and injuring two others.

Police Recover 200 Cows From Rustlers In Kaduna

Cattle-Rustling-KAnoThe Kaduna State Police Command has recovered 200 stolen cows from rustlers and arrested 40 persons for their allegedly committing various offences ranging from armed robbery, rape, kidnapping, drug trafficking to vandalism.

Among those nabbed was a 48-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old minor in Kaduna metropolis.

The command also recovered guns, ammunition and other dangerous weapons from the suspects.

Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, the Kaduna State, the Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, said they were apprehended by his men during operations in various parts of the state.

He said, “In pursuance of our mandate within the last few weeks, the command recorded successes in the area of the arrest of armed robbery suspects, kidnap suspects, those involved in the sale and distribution of illicit drugs which has become a menace to the youths.

“In recent times, we have associated certain level of violence with these youths who take drugs. We are going after them and we have been able to successfully apprehend some of these criminals involved in the activities.”

The police commissioner explained that the arrest of the suspects in various locations of Kaduna was part of efforts by the command to reduce the level of crime in the state.

While gave the assurance that the police would check the rising crime rate in the state, he advised members of the public to be mindful of criminals who disguise themselves as visitors to rob people in their homes.

He said, “I also want to intimate you of a new method which criminals have devised within the metropolis.
“They disguise themselves in form of dignitaries coming to pay a visit to certain persons, and the unsuspecting security guards will open the door and give them unhindered access to the house only for them to turn out to be criminals.”

He added that such criminals go about their activities without people knowing because they would hold everybody in the house hostage.

He assured residents that the command’s new crime prevention drive, ‘Operation Restore Hope’, would help ensure their safety.

“We are going to embark on aggressive raids in particular area that are identified and you are going to notice massive movement of police components to these areas,” he said.

“I want to also assure the public that I have constituted a formidable team to ensure that do not just to keep Kaduna safe, but citizens would be guaranteed of their safety.”

Police Clamp Down On Rustlers, Others In Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command has signed a new partnership with some stakeholders in the state, aimed at ridding the state of criminals.

The Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello, who disclosed this to Channels Television said a special operation launched by the Command has led to the arrest of 40 suspects apprehended for terrorising Mararraban Udege and Agwada areas in the state.

He noted that the rate of crime especially kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling has been on the rise in the areas, with hoodlums using the hills there as hideouts.

Mr Bello added that the trend propelled their decision to form a special crack team comprising of members of vigilante and Miyetti Allah groups, with the aim of clamping down on criminals.

“We have now started collaborating with the vigilante and members of the Miyetti Allah association, in order to get to the roots or places where these kidnappers hide on top mountains around Udege, Mararraban Udege, Udege Mbeki, Agwada and others. We got an information that this is where the criminals stay, they periodically come down to commit crime.

“This time around, with this collaborative efforts, it paid us very well because we launched a special operation with a special team which took about two weeks and during that two weeks, we were able to storm those mountain areas and chase some of them out and recover about 500 rustled cows, and also we made arrests of some of the hoodlums, about 40 of them,” he said.

In spite of the success recorded, the Police Commissioner assured the people of Nasarawa State that the operation would be a continuous exercise, until the rate of crime was reduced to the barest minimum.

“We are going to be on their trail to make sure that we get them and I believe with this exercise that we have started, we are going to have relative peace in those areas,” he avowed.

During the operation, the Police recovered 500 cows, 13 motorcycles and one AK-47 rifle with live ammunition among others.

Police Recover Over 100 Animals From Rustlers In Kaduna

Police, Kaduna, Rustlers, Animals,Policemen attached to the Operation Yaki Security Outfit in Kaduna State have recovered over 100 cows and sheep from suspected rustlers in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

The coordinator of the security outfit, Yakubu Yusuf, made the disclosure while parading the recovered animals before reporters on Tuesday in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

Mr Yusuf said that the animals were recovered during a raid at a bush in Sabon Gaya, following intelligence report from patriotic residents concerning the activities of the suspected rustlers in the area.

He added that the suspected rustlers took to their heels upon arrival of the security operatives.

The coordinator also noted that some of the animals, which were stolen from Kano and Niger states, were brought to Kaduna State through the bush.

He assured the public that his men would not relent in the war against cattle rustling, banditry and other criminal activities across the state.

He called for the cooperation of the citizens in the fight against crime in Kaduna State.

Security Operatives Recover 174 Stolen Animals From Rustlers In Kaduna

RustlersA combined team of security operatives have recovered about 174 domestic animals from armed bandits in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, North West Nigeria. 

This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by Samuel Aruwan, who is the spokesman for the State Governor.

The statement said that the security operatives recovered the stolen animals from the bandits’ hideout located inside the deadly Lebere bush in the Local Government, following a tip off from some members of the public.

It further explained that the bandits on sighting the security team, took to their heels, abandoning their stolen animals.

However, it stated that investigation was in progress to apprehend the fleeing rustlers while the animals would be conveyed to the state distribution centre for identification and collection by their owners.

According to Aruwan, the recovered animals include 145 cows, 20 sheep and one donkey.