Bandits flee as over 100 Soldiers invade Kaduna Forest hideouts
Bandits were said to have fled from their hideouts around Kagarko, Iche, Taka-Lafiya Gidan Makeri and Janjala communities in Kaduna State after over 100 troops stormed the forest in Kagarko LGA.
Daily Trust reported that many rural communities in Kagarko Chiefdom had been under siege by bandits who abducted residents and farmers a few months ago.
But the situation was said to have been contained after troops raided their hideouts and some rural communities and arrested some suspected informants.
A traditional title holder in Kagarko, Suleiman Aliyu, told the newspaper on Wednesday that the troops, who drove into Kagarko town at about 11 am on Wednesday in Hilux vans, trucks and motorcycles, moved straight to Iche, Taka-Lafiya, Gidan Makeri and Janjala villages around the forest to hunt down the bandits.
He said the troops moved in after they got intelligence information that some fleeing bandits from the far north were relocating to form a camp around some villages in the area.
Aliyu, while commending the effort of the troops, noted that since some informants were arrested a sigh of relief had come the way of residents of Kagarko Chiefdom.
A source from the palace of the Emir of Kagarko, also anonymously said that, “Yes; some troops in their large numbers entered the forest today, possibly raiding the bandits’ hideouts.”
As of press time, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command was yet to issue an official statement on the incident.