Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji under Operation Accord have arrested a suspected bandit identified as Ibrahim Alhassan, while on routine patrol in Zamfara State.
Following his arrest and preliminary investigations, “the suspect confessed to being a member of Kachalla Bandit Group.
In a statement on Thursday, Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who confirmed the news said “the suspect further confessed to being a GPMG carrier for the group and was on payroll of N100,000 for every evil operation they conducted. The suspect is in custody as further investigation continues”.
Enenche in a statement released on Thursday also revealed three bandits were also killed by the soldiers in a series of operations carried out in Sokoto and Katsina States.
He said the troops came in contact with some bandits at Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State on Tuesday and engaged them adopting aggressive tactical manoeuvres.
Two bandits were later neutralising by troops while others fled in disarray with gunshot wounds.
In another development, troops intercepted three armed bandits and killed one of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
He noted that the soldiers, were on patrol along road Unguwan Doka- Sabon Layi in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, recovered one AK-47 rifle and one motorcycle.
On Wednesday, Enenche revealed that troops received credible intelligence on the movement of bandits with a large number of rustled animals from Jangemi village forest to Kwaren Ganuwa axis in Zamfara State.
According to him, the soldiers immediately mobilised and intercepted the bandits at Bawaganga village but the criminals fled towards Muhaye forest and abandoned 250 cows and 150 rams, on sighting the troops.
“Additionally, still on 8 July 20, acting on credible intelligence on the movement of bandits along Kwaren Ganuwa towards Tsafe with unconfirmed rustled livestock.
“Troops tactically mobilised to the scene. Bandits fled in disarray on sighting troops thereby abandoning the rustled animals. Troops exploited further and recovered 117 cows and 34 sheep,” the statement added.