The Nigerian Army says it has killed 68 bandits, arrested six suspected kidnappers and recovered 17 motorcycles in Zamfara from April to date.
The Brigade Commander, 1 Army Brigade Command Sokoto, Brig. Gen. Udeagbala Kennedy, disclosed this while handing over the six suspected kidnappers to the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, at the State Police headquarters in Gusau on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that bandits attacked Birane and Bawar-Daji villages in the Anka and Zurmi Local Government Areas of the state in February and April which led to the death of 64 people.
Kennedy said, “The Nigerian Army and other security agencies commenced clearance operation to flush out all the bandits and curtail the banditry activities in the state.
“Today, military and other security agencies were able to carry out successful operations across the state, which led to the success recorded.
“During the period, a number of casualties on banditry activities were recorded as follows, a total of 68 bandits were killed between the first week of April to date and unfortunately, we lost two of our gallant men – Capt. Muhammad and Private Mijinyawa.
“Apart from the 17 recovered motorcycles from the killed and fleeing bandits, we also apprehended six suspected kidnappers and one gunrunner.”
“I am directed by the Army headquarters to hand over the suspects and the motorcycles to the state Commissioner of Police and Director, Department of State Services for further investigations and I hope these activities will lead to the arrest of their colleagues,” he added.
Responding, Ebrimson attributed the successes recorded to collaborative efforts among all the security agencies in fighting insecurity in the state.
He assured residents that security agencies would continue to do their best to ensure that they fished out kidnappers, cattle rustlers and all other criminals in order to maintain peace and stability in the state.