The Nigeria Defence Headquarters has issued a progress report on Operation Sahel Sanity regarding the fight against banditry in Northwestern Nigeria.
In a statement released by the Nigeria Defence Headquarters it said “In continuation of the robust clearance operations against armed bandits and other sundry criminals in the North West, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY a subsidiary operation to Operation HADARIN DAJI has continued to achieve successes throughout the Theatre of operation.
“Relatedly, on 14 July 2020 acting on credible intelligence troops arrested one bandit informant at Isa-Matete Junction in Isa LGA of Sokoto State. The suspect is currently undergoing interrogation.
“Similarly, acting on credible intelligence, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bingi arrested 5 suspected bandits while displaying 17 cows and a goat for sale at Bingi market in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the animals were earlier rustled from Gabiya village.
” Similarly, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Danjibga in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State handed over 121 cows and 37 sheep recovered from rustlers to the committee for recovery of rustled animals for necessary action.
“Furthermore, troops of Defence Headquarters Special Operation Forces deployed at Batsari had a meeting engagement with some marauding armed bandits at Jigawar Mallamai in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State. In the aftermath of the encounter, 4 bandits were neutralized, one AK 47 rifle and 21 motorcycles were recovered. All recovered motorcycles were destroyed instantly.
“In another development, on 15 July 2020 troops conducted clearance operation on suspected bandits hideouts at Garin Maza, Tamuske, and Garin Bagwari villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
“Troops made contact with the bandits and in the ensuing encounter, 3 bandits were neutralized and 6 motorcycles were recovered while the hideouts were destroyed.
“Also, on 16 July 2020 troops of Forward Operation Base Dangulbi conducted clearance patrol to Dan Kaka and Dan Kura villages in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
“The cowardly bandits fled and abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the troops.”
There have been a surge in banditry in the northwest which has seen hundreds of people killed and thousands of people being displaced.
The current operation was initiated to put an end to banditry in Northwestern Nigeria especially that of Katsina and Zamfara.