Following a credible tip-off, Troops of Sector 3 Operation Hadarin Dajj on Tuesday stormed Kabasa village in Magami Local Government of Zamfara State where armed bandits were attacking locals and killed scores in gun fight.
A statement by Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations said, “The timely arrival of troops forestalled a deadly kidnap and plundering operations by armed bandits which was underway.
“They were swiftly engaged by troops who successfully neutralized scores while others escaped into the forest with bullet wounds.
“Unfortunately one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and three others who sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter are currently receiving medical treatment.
“Troops have dominated the general area with aggressive patrols and have continued further exploitation and pursuit of the bandits into the forest.
“Similarly, on the same day, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji responded to a distress call that armed bandits were attacking Gidan Goga village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara state.
“Troops swiftly mobilized to the area and engaged the bandits with superior fire power, killing 3 while others fled in disarray, some with gunshot wounds.
In another development, troops conducting fighting patrol rescued 2 female kidnapped victims in Birnin Gwari area. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were kidnapped 22 days ago from Kuyallo village Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna state.
The victims have been given medical treatment while waiting to be reunited with their families.
The Chief of Army Staff have already congratulated the gallant troops while charging them to keep up the momentum until the entire North West zone is rid of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and sundry violent crimes.
He also thanked the villagers for the credible and timely information they provided the troops which made their operations successful.
The COAS said the patriotic action of the villagers who saw something and reported to the troops should be emulated by others so that the activities of bandits will be nipped in the bud.
In the same vein, troops from 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, on Wednesday 17 March, 2021, successfully rescued 10 persons who were recently kidnapped from their quarters at Kaduna International Airport.
The rescue operation was without any mishap or casualty.
The rescue operation happened when the troops who were patrolling one of the forests in Kaduna came in contact with the kidnappers and their victims.
On sighting the soldiers, the bandits opened fire, prompting the troops to decisively engage them. With a superior fire power, troops soon overwhelmed them and they were forced to abandon their victims and take to their heels.
The victims comprising one man, three women and six children were immeadiately evacuated to a military facility where they are currently undergoing medical check.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallan Nasir El-Rufai, while visiting the rescued victims, commended the Nigerian Army for a spectacular job.
He also consoled the victims for the trauma they went through in the hands of their abductors.
The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, also commended the troops while restating the Chief of Army Staff’s warning that the days of kidnappers and bandits are over as the Nigerian Army is determined more than ever to put a final stop to their nefarious activities anywhere in the country.
It would be rcalled that the victims were abducted on 6 March 2021 following an invasion of the living quarters of workers of Kaduna International Airport by kidnappers.