By Babatunde Opalana
Troops of 1 Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian Army, deployed at Anka Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara state on Operation SHARAN DAJI on Tuesday, recovered livestock rustled by suspected armed bandits along Kuran Mota cattle route in Anka LGA.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the troops got wind that the suspected armed bandits had carted away the animals, mobilized, ambushed and engaged them in a fierce gun battle.
According to him, the armed bandits, however, fled and abandoned 269 cows and 241 sheep, which were recovered and safely moved to Anka.
He said the animals will be handed over to Zamfara state Government officials, who would hand over to the legitimate owners.
In a related development, troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Division Nigerian Army, on the same day, in conjunction with men of Department of State Service conducted a joint raid operation on suspected armed bandits’ settlement in Dandume LGA of Katsina State.
The team recovered 1 x AK-47 rifle, 1 rifle magazine, 1,253 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) and 1 motorcycle.
Meanwhile, the troops at Magami, Gusau LGA of Zamfara State on Tuesday responded to a distress call on armed bandits operating along Jengebe-Gusau road, robbing hapless civilians.
The troops mobilized immediately and engaged the bandits and in the process, killed 1 bandit and captured another, while some escaped with gunshot wounds.
The troops 1 Locally made Pistol, 1 Tecno mobile telephone handset, a female Handbag, 1 wallet and the sum of N20,000 was recovered.