Troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity in the North West have smashed a notorious syndicate and recovered 43 cows, 6 goats and 8 sheep in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Tuesday, the troops killed the bandits and also apprehended their logistics supplier.
Two dane guns were recovered from the fleeing rustlers, while the recovered animals have been handed over to their rightful owners.
Troops deployed at Kauran Namoda in Zamfara intercepted a herd of suspected rustled cattle while the suspected rustlers fled into the bush abandoning the animals.
At Nahuta in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina, troops arrested one Umar Bello for being in possession of two rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition during a stop and search operation.
One Ahmadu Rufai, suspected to be a logistics supplier, was arrested with one dagger, charms, one bag of groundnut mixed with okro and four bags of millet.
Two kidnapped victims in different locations and have been reunited with their families.
Also nabbed was a suspected drug peddler, Yusufa Mai Unguwar Ahaska from Dorayi in Unguwar Doka village in Faskari Local Government Area.
“On October 1, troops on routine patrol along Faskari-Yankara road, arrested a suspected bandit informant named Idris Yahaya while spying on troop’s activities.
“Troops at Maigora arrested a suspected bandit collaborator called Buhari Adamu at Machika in Dandume Local Government Area. The suspect confessed to have once taken ransom fee to bandits in Madachi Forest,” he said.
Furthermore, troops rescued four kidnapped victims from Giruwa village of Dandume Local Government Area following artillery bombardments at Unguwan-Doka village.
Four bandits were killed, while others escaped into the forest.