Army on Offensive Against Cattle Rustlers, 35 Killed, Scores Arrested

In recent times the Nigerian Army has recorded successes against cattle rustlers and other criminal elements in the North.
This is attributed to focusing on specific operations in articulate manner and restrategising with the sole aim of taming banditry of any kind.
According to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigeria Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade Friday, these operations, code named Operation SHARAN DAJI, have yielded posisitive results as no fewer than 35 armed bandits have been killed while 38 of them arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution.
The ‎GOC who made the disclosure while briefing Journalists Friday on their activities within the past two months, said the operations are aimed at ridding the North West zone of all forms of arm banditry, cattle rustling and all forms of criminality.
He also disclosed that 6009 various animals have equally been recovered within the zone.
Other items recovered from the armed bandits include: AK 47 riffles, dane guns, short barrel locally made guns, machetes, bows and arrows, G3 rifles, AK 47 rifle Mags, AK 47 Bayonet, 91 rounds of 7.62mm special and 3 cartridges and N45,000.4.
The operations carried out in Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger, Kano and Katsina states, saw the destruction of 49 camps operated by the bandits
According to tje GOC, “In Kaduna State, ‎465 recovered animals, 16 bandits arrested, 9 bandits killed, 7 weapons recovered and 8 camps destroyed.
“In Zamfara State‎, 1,443 animals recovered, 19 bandits arrested, 13 bandits killed, 8 weapons recovered and 20 camps destroyed.
“In Katsina/ Kano State, 4101 animals recovered, 4 bandits arrested, 13 bandits killed, 21 assorted guns, including 3 AK 47 Rifles local weapons and bows and arrows and 10 and 11 camps destroyed in Katsina and Kano respectively,” he said
During the course of the various operations, the GOC also disclosed that one Sergeant Nansel Dangnap of 2 battalion was killed by armed bandits while 3 soldiers sustained varying degrees of injuries.
General Oyebade assured that: “1 Division will continue to work hard to ensure the security of lives and property within our area of responsibility to enhance socio-economic growth and development in line with the vision of Mr President”

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