50 armed bandits including 2 females arrested in Zamfara

Posted by News Express | 25 August 2018 | 2,174 times

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•Brig. General John Agim

Brigadier-General John Agim, Acting Director Defense Information has revealed that series of raids, ambushes, fighting patrols, snaps road blocks and air strikes were being conducted by the operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara State which he said have enabled the troops to dominate their respective areas of responsibilities to create enabling environment for the people to live in

Addressing newsmen in Gusau, the state capital, the deputy director noted that so far many heinous and notorious armed bandits’ activities were neutralized arresting over 50 armed bandits recovering over 20 sophisticated arms and assorted ammunitions with some local and dangerous weapons.

According to him, the troops were able to record huge success due to the cooperation of the state government, citizens and community leaders who provided useful information on the bandits' hideouts camps, saying that the local vigilante groups also played a very great role in assisting the Operation Sharan Daji.

Continuing, Agim explained that two cars and 36 motorcycles, over 30 mobile phones and three kidnapped persons were rescued with N500,000 recovered from the kidnappers, with 1000 cows, cattle rustlers, some dealers also arrested and three chief logistics suppliers, who were identified as Mr. Amos Ugwuozor, Nura Mukhtari and Sani Yaro were also arrested.

He noted that the Air Task Force of OPSD recently launched series of strikes against the arm bandits hideouts and camps in SUBUBU and RUGU Forests and destroyed the camps of the armed bandits, noting that these thick forests and other ungoverned areas of the state serve as sanctuary and safe haven for the armed bandits from where they planned and launched attacks on innocent lives.

Meanwhile, the Acting Director has refuted a fake news on the social media alleged to have been written by a soldier that the soldiers in the operation Sharan Daji were not being paid the N90,000 budgeted for them monthly and that no equipment has been purchased even though the Federal Government had released to the sector a whooping sum of N10 billion.

In a swift reaction Brigadier General John Agim lamented that the equipment were being bought by the Chief of Defense Staff and not by operation Sharan Daji saying that if actually, the person who posted the information was a soldier he may have skeleton in his cupboard and as a result was removed from where he used to perform illegal businesses.

•Sourced from a Daily Independent report


Source: News Express

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