Troops eliminate bandits in North West and North Central

The Defence Headquarters says troops has eliminated about 391 bandits and arrested about 60 including bandits’ informants and collaborators in various operations across North West and North Central in one month.

According to the Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the troops intensified their offensive operations on bandits’ enclaves in the North West Zone leading to the killing of 240 bandits within the period

He said that the Air component conducted air bombardments on criminal enclaves in different locations in Zamfara leading to the killing of no fewer than 53 bandits, while several others escaped with varying degree of gunshot wounds.

He also disclosed that troops recovered 125 assorted arms including AK-47 and FN riffles, dane guns and 1,166 rounds of 7.62mm special/NATO ammunition.

According to him, a total of 1,304 livestock and 54 motorcycles among other items were also recovered during the period.

Onyeuko further disclosed that a total of 47 bandits, informants and bandits’ collaborators were arrested within the period.

He said the operations had drastically degraded their operational capabilities and denied them freedom of action, frustrated movement of arms, ammunition and others.


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