Operation Sahel Sanity: Military Kills More Bandits
Barely one month after the flagged up of Operation SAHEL SANITY by the Chief of Army Staff,Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, troops has killed 80 armed bandits,arrested 33 including a 60year old suspects,rescued 17 kidnapped victims and recovered 943 cows,633 sheep in zamfara,katsina and Sokoto States.
Addressing newsmen today at the Nigerian Army Super Camp IV Faskari in Katsina State, the Acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko said the troops has make a break through.
“The aimed of the operation was to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of armed bandits,cattle rustlers, kidnappers,incessant killings and other sundry crimes in the North-West zone of the country”.
According to him,the acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits had before now crippled the agricultural,social and economic activities of the people in the north west.
“The people of the North-West Zone felt immediate impact of the operation with the tremendous successes achieved within the short period of time”.
He explained that the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within the period has carried out series of clearance operations,ambushes and other aggressive and confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.
Brigadier-General Onyeuko said operations has led to the rescue of kidnapped victims,recovery of rustled cattles,arrest of suspected armed bandits, arrest of bandits informants and collaborators.
He further revealed that troops has recovered large cache of arms and ammunition as well as motorcycles and other bandits logistics within the period.
“So far,in all the operations conducted,80 armed bandits have been neutralized,943 cows,633 sheep/rams recovered,33 suspected bandits arrested,7 AK47 Riffles, 1 GPMG and 16 Dane guns captured, 17 kidnapped victims rescued and 14 bandits informants and collaborators arrested”.
He maintained that several bandits camps including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY.
“Therefore within the first month of Operation SAHEL SANITY from 1-31 July 2020, troops have recorded several successes in line with the aimed of the operation”.
The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and the professionalism exhibited within the short period.
He urged troops not to rest on their oars and further extends Sallah goodwill message to the people of North West reassuring them people of the of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to restore peace in the north west and country at large.