The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have eliminated and arrested scores of bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements in the entire North-West zone in recent time.
Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Onyeuko disclosed that the troops had on July 22, troops arrested a notorious gun runner named Musa Abubakar alias Kasko/Buzu from Mai Wake village, Dakoro area of Maradi, Niger Republic.
He said that the suspect was arrested at the premises of a school in Gusau where his relative works as a security guard.
According to him, the suspect is believed to be involved in the supply of illicit arms from the Niger Republic to Nigeria through Sabon Birni and Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
“The suspect is in custody and providing useful information to the troops.
“Similarly, on July 25, troops deployed at Sabuwa received a distress call on kidnap activities in the town.
“Troops swiftly mobilised to the area and following a hot pursuit, the kidnappers abandoned their four kidnapped victims and fled.
“Victims were promptly rescued and subsequently reunited with their families,” he said.
Onyeuko also disclosed that the troops had on July 25 killed two bandits in a conduct and search operation at Gurbin Baure based on reliable information of bandits activities in the area.
He added that the remaining three of the bandits encountered were captured by the troops.