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Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West
Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West

Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West

Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Army operations Sahel Sanity has neutralized 38 armed bandits , arrested 98 suspects, recovered several arms, ammunition and rescued kidnapped victims between September and October in the North West of Nigeria.

A statement signed by Brig-General Benard Onyeuko, Ag Director Defence Media Operations, Abuja made available to Newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

He said a number of bandits logistics networks have been smashed leading to the arrest of some of the syndicate members within the period.

Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West
Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West

“ So far, in all the operations conducted between 4 September -25 October 2020, 38 armed bandits were neutralized while 93 suspected bandits logistics suppliers and collaborators were arrested.

“ 30 Dane guns, 941 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition and 5 live cartridges were captured during various encounters with troops.

“ Also, a total of 131 cows, 154 sheep/rams and 1 camel were recovered. In all the search and rescue operations carried out,” he said

General Oyeuko pointed out that 108 kidnapped victims were also rescued, 90 bandits informants and collaborators, 3 rustled cattle marketers and 12 bandits logistics suppliers were arrested.

“A total of 10 bandit’s camps and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY. Relatedly 47 bandits attacks and 31 kidnap incidents were foiled by the troops,” he said

Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West
Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West

According to him, In furtherance of the Nigerian Army’s mandate to completely rid the North West zone of the country of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and incessant killings of innocent citizens,

“The gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have intensified operational activities in the theatre of operation during the period under review.

He added that this has led to the degradation of the bandits and their activities to the barest minimum as indicated by the successes recorded.

“These gains are gradually bringing stability and normalcy back to the zone as evident by the massive resumption of farming and socio-economic activities.

“It is important to note that the tremendous successes achieved since the commencement of the operation could not have been possible without the sacrifice,

“Commitment and gallantry exhibited by the professionally and responsive soldiers of the Nigerian Army some of whom have paid the supreme price in the course of their professional calling,” he said.

General Onyeuko explained that the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within this period carried out a series of clearance operations, ambushes, day and night patrols denying bandits and other criminal elements any respite.

“Also numerous farm and highway patrols were carried out within Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi and Zamfara States thus boosting the confidence of the locals as well as commuters in carrying out their daily activities without hindrance.

He added that these operations have most importantly led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, neutralization of bandits, arrest of several bandits informants and collaborators, recovery and return of rustled cattle to their bona-fide owners.

Noting that there were recoveries of large cache of arms and ammunition as well as other dangerous weapons.

“Similarly, numerous captured bandits motorcycles and Bandits hideouts were destroyed by the gallant troops.

He reiterated that the gallant troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have continued to dominate all the hitherto volatile areas with confidence building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations to deny the bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action.

He said the Nigeria Army commended the gallant officers for their gallantry, sacrifices and successes achieved so far.

“They are also urged not to rest on their oars but build on the achievements recorded so far.

He said the people in the North West zone are also appreciated for their continued cooperation in providing credible information for the success of the operation.

Oyeuko urged the public to continue to avail the troops with actionable information that would aid the desired goal of the operation.

The Army reassured the Nigerian Army’s commitment to restore total peace in the zone and indeed the entire country.

The Army General also commended the Nigeria press both within and beyond the zone, for their patriotic and professional zeal towards the noble course

“We wish to further extend our hands of partisanship to make our great country a better and safer environment,” he said.

Army operations Sahel Sanity kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 suspects in North West

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