The Nigerian Military says its Air Component of Operation Hadarin has recorded more successes against armed bandits in the North with the obliteration of their camps, structures and have killed scores of their fighters in Katsina State.
John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), disclosing this in Abuja, said no fewer than 37 bandits were killed during the operation at Dunya while many more were killed at Birnin Kogo in the state.
The coordinator informed that the air raids were conducted on the heels of impeccable intelligence reports indicating that the 2 camps, with their clusters of huts, were among the locations being used by the terrorists-affiliated armed bandits to store their sophisticated weapons and plan attacks.
“Consequently, the Air Component dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships, which engaged the 2 locations in successive passes, destroying portions of the camps, including their storage facilities, which were seen engulfed in flames.
In the samw vein, Enenche said in continuation of the aggressive clearance operation to stamp out banditry and other criminal activities in the North Central zone of the country, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke lilled several bandits in Benue state.
He said the operation followed credible intelligence reports on the hideout of some notorious elements who were alleged to be terrorising Abaji general area of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.
“Troops of Sectors 2 and 4 swiftly mobilized to the area to flush out the bandits. Troops made contact with armed bandits around Asogo village who on sighting troops opened fire on them and thereafter fled into the surrounding bushes.
“Troops promptly returned fire thereby killing 3 while one locally made pistol and 11 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered”, he said.
He added, “in the same vein, on 26 november, troops of Sector 3, carried out a dawn raid on the residence of some henchmen said to be behind recent clashes between herders and farmers at Atiyagiso community in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Enenche said during the operation, troops successfully apprehended 2 suspects namely Mr Abdulkareem and Mohammed Sani who confessed their involvement in the crime following which they were handed over to the police for further action.
The coordinator therefore assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones.