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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 14 November 2020

Source: The Nation

Military neutralises bandits in Katsina

Troops under ‘’Operation Sahel Sanity’’, have neutralized bandits, rescue two teenage girls, and recovered one AK-47 rifle loaded with 27 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition in two villages located in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Acting Director, Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement, said that the success recorded was in continuation of the effort to clear armed bandits and other criminal elements so as to return sanity to the Northwest zone.

He said ’’troops while on routine patrol along the fringes of Dajin Wuta Forest came in contact with bandits on motorcycles and in attempt to escape from the advancing troops, the terrified bandits opened fire and withdrew into the forest but the resilient troops gave them a hot pursuit with overwhelming firepower.

‘’In the aftermath of the encounter, one bandit was neutralized and one AK-47 rifle loaded with 27 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition was captured while several others are believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their escape routes.”

He further announced that the troops deployed at Angwan Doka, during a clearance operation rescued two teenage girls at Munhaye village, adding that “preliminary investigation revealed that the girls were kidnapped by suspected bandits at Dan Aji village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State.’’

Furthermore, the release stated that the victims reported that their abductors freed them and fled on noticing troops’ presence in the area.

The Army Chief also commended the troops for the successes achieved and their commitment, while urging them not to rest on their oars until the Northwest zone is rid of all criminal activities.

He also assured the people of the Northwest of the troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone and encouraged them to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist in the conduct of their operations.

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