The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops have rounded up several armed bandits in the Northern part of the country.
In a statement by its spokesman, Sani Usman, he said the troops’ clearance operations were aimed at getting rid of criminal elements in Kaduna and Zamfara States respectively.
According to the statement, “Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army on operations aimed at dealing with the menace of livestock rustling, armed banditry and other forms of criminality have killed an armed bandit, arrested some, cleared camps and recovered livestock in Kaduna and Zamfara States.
“Yesterday the troops arrested a notorious cattle rustler named Isah Fulani at Mararrabar Jos, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.”
The statement said troops also killed the leader of a “livestock and armed banditry gang called Guruguru Magaji at Tashar Nakau, Ikara Local Government Area, in a fierce exchange of gun fire yesterday.”
Following his arrest, a “Revolver Pistol and 6 locally fabricated 9mm rounds of ammunition,” were recovered from him, the statement added.
The Army said in Kaduna, the troops in its clearance operation at Anchau, Kubau Local Government Area, Kaduna State also arrested “2 impersonators that parade themselves as members of a non-existent vigilante group harassing and extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public in the area.”
The statement reads further, “The suspects, Mallam Hamza Hare and Mallam Sani Abdul-Aziz also posed as liaison officers to security officers duping people.
“The troops have also arrested a notorious armed bandit that terrorised the public especially along the road that linked Kaduna and Katsina States through Birnin Gwari-Funtua.
“The armed bandit, named Mohammed is also popularly known as “Abedariwa” and was arrested in Birnin Gwari town, Kaduna State.
“Apart from confessing and giving graphic details of his deadly acts, he promised to cooperate fully with the military to fish out other criminal elements in the society.
“The troops in Zamfara State axis are also doing very well. The troops have raided, cleared 2 armed bandits camp and recovered 209 cows, 1062 goats and sheep at Dumburum forest general area, Zurmi Local Government Area, Zamfara State yesterday.”