The Nigerian military says it troops deployed to the North west and north central zones have apprehended more suspected bandits’ informants, collaborators and 6 gun runners with various weapons in the last week.
John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), who disclosed this on Thursday, said troops of 17 Brigade attached to Nigeria-Niger border patrol arrested one Fatima Lawali from Shaku village of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, a suspected wife/collaborator of bandits who is currently in custody undergoing investigation.
Enenche further said troops of operation Hadarin Daji arrested 4 suspected gunrunners named; Daniel Ishaku, Musa Bala, Abubakar Umar and Mohammed Saidu at Jos Metropolis in Plateau State. He said the suspects had negotiated to sell some arms and ammunition.
According to the coordinator, items recovered from the suspects include; one Light Machine Gun, five AK47 rifle magazines, 586 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 100 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, one magazine and one motorcycle.
Enenche further said troops of Forward Operating Base, acting on a tip off arrested a suspected bandit’s informant named Bashar around Kawaye village of Anka Local Government Area.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly sneaks into Bagega Town every night to gather information on troop’s movement and pass same to bandits.
“The suspects are currently in custody undergoing investigation for further action”, Eneche said.
Giving further update on the activities of the armed forces in the North East Zone Operation Lafiya Dole under the subsidiary Operation Fire Ball conducted several robust operations and executed attacks on terrorists’ hideouts and repelled attacks on own troops’ locations, which resulted in decimation of several Boko Haram Terrorits/ISWAP terrorist elements.
“Notably, between 7 and 8 November 2020, the gallant troops of 27 Task Force Brigade located at Buni Gari of Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State neutralized 5 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists. In the course of the encounter cache of Arms and Ammunition were recovered.
“In the same vein, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole neutralized several ISWAP fighters and destroyed some of their structures, including a suspected fuel storage facility, at Tumbun Allura, a terrorists’ logistics hub on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State”,he said.