Troops dislodge bandits, kidnappers in Katsina, Sokoto

Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity
The Headquarters of Defense says Operation Accord troops have dislodged some alleged bandits and kidnappers in parts of the Katsina and Sokoto States once again.

Coordinator, Activities of the Defence Media, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche announced this in a speech in Abuja on Tuesday.

On Monday, Enenche said the soldiers engaged the criminals following reliable intelligence on the involvement of abductors in Garin Arawa in the Sokoto State Local Government Area of Tangaza.

The encounter led to the killing of one kidnapper, he said, while others escaped with gunshot wounds and one AK47 rifle, one magazine and one motorcycle were recovered.

Enenche said that in an effort to rob road users, troops also received a distress call from motorists along the Tashan Bawa-Kuyelo road, accused of bandits barricading the road.

According to him the superior firepower of the soldiers forced the criminals to flee into the bush and returned the town to normalcy.

He also reported that troops deployed in the Katsina State Local Government Area of Jibia had arrested two alleged abductors in the village of Tsembe Kolumbo, adding that the suspects were currently in custody for further investigation.

The Coordinator revealed that on Monday, the troops had arrested one Bello Ardo, a suspected bandit, in the town of Yargoje in Kankara, Katsina State Local Government Area.

He said that with aggressive patrols, the troops had continued to occupy the general region to deny freedom of action to bandits.

Source The Gazette Nigeria