The Nigerian Army on Saturday said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity had killed 100 armed bandits and apprehended 148 others in its ongoing onslaughts against the marauding hoodlums terrorizing North-West region of the country.
The Nigerian soldiers also nabbed 315 illegal armed miners and recovered 3,984 cows, 1,627 sheep in Katsina, Zamfara Kebbi and Sokoto States.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.General Benard Onyeuko, stated this while briefing journalists on the achievements recorded by the operation from July to September at the Special Army Super Camp IV, Faskari, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Operation Sahel Sanity was launched by the Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Tukur Buratai on July 6th, 2020, to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in tackling banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and incessant killings confronting the North-West zone.
He said 43 AK-47 riffles, 100 dane guns, 151 live cartridges, 3,261 rounds of 7.62mm were recovered by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY in the affected states.
Onyeuko announced the rescue of 107 kidnapped victims and arrest of 32 bandits’ logistics suppliers, 20 informants and collaborators, six arms suppliers, 13 rustled cattle marketers.
He explained that the gallant troops destroyed 81 bandit camps, including that of the notorious Katsina Dangote and foiled 74 bandits attacks and 54 kidnapped incidents within the region.
He said: “So far, in all the operations conducted, 100 armed bandits were neutralized, a total of 3,984 cows, 1,627 sheep/rams and 3 Camels recovered, 148 suspected bandits and 315 illegal armed miners were arrested.
“Furthermore, large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered which include 43 AK47 Riffles, 1 GPMG and 100 Dane guns, 3,261 rounds of 7.62mm (special) and 151 live cartridges of ammunition.
“In all the search and rescue operations carried out, 107 kidnapped victims were rescued, 20 bandits informants and collaborators, 6 arms suppliers, 13 rustled cattle marketers and 32 bandits logistics suppliers were arrested”.
He added, “Also, a total of 81 bandit’s camps including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY. Relatedly 74 bandits attacks and 54 kidnap incidents were foiled by the troops”.
Consequently, he said agricultural, social and economic lives of the people of the North-West zone hitherto crippled by bandits activities has been restored to normalcy.