Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai


Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji said they have killed a notorious
bandit, 'Emir, and 57 others in Zamfara state.

According to a statement by the acting Force Information Officer,
Captain Ayobami Oni-Orisan, the troops also nabbed a man who supplied
bandits in the state with 'logistics'.

He stated that the troops further commenced aggressive clearance
operations and destroyed three camps and killed the bandits.

“On 3rd of October 2019, troops deployed at Sunke in Anka Local
Government Area, despite the ongoing peace process in the State.

“However, the gallant troops successfully repelled the attack,
neutralized 19 bandits in the process. Unfortunately, four soldiers
lost their lives during the encounter.

“As a result of the encounter, troops further commenced aggressive
clearance operations nicknamed OP Mushare on the 6th of October 2019,
with a view to apprehending the recalcitrant bandits.

“Consequently, between 6 and 7 October 2019, within Bawa Daji general
area, three heavily fortified camps at Gubarawa, Bawa Daji and Bawa
Daji forest were destroyed when the troops overpowered the bandits,
overran the three camps and neutralized 39 bandits, including the
notorious bandits’ leader known as 'Emir'."

According to the Nigerian Army, many bandits were wounded in the operation.

The spokesman added that four soldiers sustained injuries during the operation.

He also stated that troops arrested a suspected bandit, Abubakar Umar,
along road Lamba – Damri axis with N400,000 presumably to purchase
"logistics supplies" for his gang.

"This onslaught against armed banditry and all other criminal
activities will continue until banditry is effectively combated.
Troops will continue to remain highly committed and professional in
carrying out assigned tasks in line with the extant Rules of
Engagement and Code of Conduct.

"Accordingly, the Force Commander OPHD and Acting General Officer
Commanding 8 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Aminu Bande
commended the troops for their commitment and reassured the good
people of Zamfara and other neighboring states of the determination of
the Army and other security agencies to secure lives and properties.

"He further solicits for the support of the public to continue to
support the on-going campaign against armed banditry by providing
timely and credible information to OPHD troops and other security
agencies to ensure prompt and decisive action," Oni-Orisan said in the


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