A statement released by the Nigerian Army yesterday informs the nation of a raid on cattle rustlers and armed bandits who have continued to terrorise the country.
The military spokesperson, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, who issued the statement, said many of the rustlers, including those who sustained gun wounds, escaped during the attacks. The troops also discovered heavy ammunition in the camp of the armed bandits after the conquest.
The statement reads:
“In continuation of the efforts of getting rid of the menace of cattle rustling, armed banditry and other criminality in the country generally and in the north west geo-political region, under the auspices of Operation SHARAN DAJI, troops of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Nigeria Police in Zamfara State, have carried out a joint clearance operation in Maru today.
“Although most of the targeted suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits have escaped, the joint team recovered substantial quantity of arms and ammunitions in the area. “It is equally believed some of the criminals escaped with gun shot wounds.
“The team is still combing the general area for such persons. Consequently, the public in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Kaduna States in particular, are please requested to report any suspicious persons especially those with gun shot wounds.”
The Nigerian army has carried out similar raids on armed bandit recently in northern part of the country, where they attack and killed some of the armed bandits.
Meanwhile, they apprehended one of the herdsmen responsible for the recent massacre in Enugu, who confessed that the killing was planned in Kogi State as over 100 of them were invited from several parts of the country to perpetrate the act.
During his confession to the Kogi state police command, Zure, who had been initially released on bail after the prime suspect in the kidnap case for which he was nabbed, was rearrested when the police watched a gory video of the Enugu massacre on his phone.