Military kills 35 bandits, rescues 40 hostages in Zamfara

April 13, 2019 By our Correspondent

The military yesterday said it had killed 35 bandits and rescued 40 abducted people, including children, women, and men during the operations designed to tackle banditry in Zamfara and other contiguous states. The Acting Force Information Officer of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD), Major Clement Abiade, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television.

He added that a total of 18 suspected bandits’ informants, rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers were arrested as troops continue to dominate the Area of Operation with aggressive fighting patrols. Abiade explained that the soldiers conduct day and night patrols deep into the forest areas to deny the bandits freedom of action while building the confidence of the local population.

The statement said: “The bandit hails from Naagwalam in Katsina State and confessed to being a member of a five-man syndicate responsible for kidnapping and highway robbery in Batsari and Jibiya axis. It is instructive to state that the suspects arrested have been handed over to Nigerian Police and other agencies for further investigation and possible prosecution.”