Troops: 80 bandits killed, 17 victims rescued, deadly weapons seized

Troops of Operation Sahel sanity have killed 80 bandits, rescued 17 kidnap victims, arrested about 33 suspects and recovered several deadly weapons.

The gallant troops of operation Sahel also destroyed several bandits camps including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases.

In a statement made by the Acting Director Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, he said that farmers who had fled the villages as a result of the insurgency are beginning to return.

He also said that his men during the operations have successfully continued to dominate volatile areas with confidence, building patrols, lay ambushes and are involved in clearance operations to deny the bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action.

Part of the statement reads: “the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai flagged off Operation SAHEL SANITY on the 6 July 2020 as part of activities of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2020, during which the Nigerian Army Super Camp IV Faskari in Katsina State was established.”

“The aim of the operation is to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other sundry crimes in the North-West zone of the country. These acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits had before now crippled the agricultural, social and economic activities of the people of this zone”.

“The people of the North-West Zone felt immediate impact of the operation with the tremendous successes achieved within the short period of time. The gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within the period under review has carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.”

He further said, in the operations the troops have conducted so far, that a total of 80 bandits have been killed, 1576 livestock that were stolen recovered, 7 AK47 Riffles, 1 GPMG and 16 Dane guns captured; 17 kidnapped victims rescued and 14 bandits informants and collaborators arrested.

He also said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has expressed his gratitude to the troops of operation sahel sanity for their bravery, foresight and professionalism in the continuous fight against terrorism in the country.

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