Troops foil herdsmen’s assault on Sokoto neighborhood

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

Troops of the 8 Division below the Operation MESA have foiled try by herdsmen to assault Tara village in Sabon Birni Council Area of Sokoto State.

Two of the killer herdsmen, Sule Sale and Umar Alhaji had been captured by troops whereas others escaped.

The fleeing herders deserted 110 cattle.

A press release by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator,  Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, mentioned: “In the Northwest area, on 8 March 2020, troops of 8 Division on Operation MESA performing on credible info on the actions of armed herdsmen in Tara Village of Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State, fiercely mobilized to the world, made contact with the armed herdsmen and arrested two suspects, particularly; Sule Sale and Umar Alhaji, whereas others fled abandoning 110 cattle.

“Also, same troops conducted a successful cordon and search operation at Banji Village of Bodinga LGA of Sokoto State, neutralized one notorious kidnap kingpin named Juliet”.

The assertion additionally famous that “the devasting defeat suffered by the criminal insurgents has continued to widen the cracks and animosities exposed recently within the ranks and files of the Boko Haram criminal Sect on the one hand and between it and its rival splinter Sect on the other”.

“In the same vein, armed bandits, kidnappers and other sundry criminals are finding it increasingly difficult to operate across the country as Nigerian Army troops continue to step up their anti-banditry operations across the NC and NW Regions in particular”.

It continued that “on 11 March 2020, the gallant troops of Strong Response Area Gubio efficiently repelled a Boko Haram criminals’ assault. During the encounter, troops dealt a decisive blow on the marauding criminals, neutralized 2 of them and captured one AK 47 Rifle. Subsequent exploitation by the troops alongside the withdrawal route of the insurgents within the early hours of 12 March 2020 led to the invention of further 5 Boko Haram criminals’ shattered our bodies ensuing from the encounter, one burnt Boko Haram terrorists Gun Truck, one PKT Machine Gun, two AK 47 Rifles, three AK 47 Rifle magazines and 67 rounds of seven.62mm Special ammunition.

“Furthermore, on the identical 5 March 2020, two Boko Haram terrorists, Musa Mohammed (21 years) and Maina Liman (35 years) surrendered to troops of 202 Battalion deployed at Tashan Goto in Bama LGA of Borno State.

“The surrendered terrorists confessed that they worked for the Nakib (a Boko Haram Captain) at Bula Umar Village. The troops recovered 2 AK 47 Rifles, 2 AK 47 Rifle Magazines and 8 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition from the surrendered terrorists. The surrendered criminals further revealed that a number of their erstwhile members were killed by troops in recent times while others are left wandering in the forest and willing to surrender to troops of the Nigerian Army as they are tired of life without meaning”.

It added that “additionally they regretted their involvement within the act of insurgency whereas calling on their former collaborators to additionally take the daring step to resign and submit themselves to the authorities of the Nigerian Army.

“In a associated improvement, on 8 March 2020, one other Boko Haram Terrorist, Bulama Modu Zantaliye  surrendered to troops of 151 Battalion deployed at Strong Response Area Banki Junction. Preliminary investigation reveals that the surrendered terrorist belongs to the Shekau faction. He additionally calls on his former colleagues to tow the trail of sanity and give up themselves to troops of the Nigerian Army as their security and safety are assured.

“In the North Central area, on 9 March 2020, troops responded to an info from some locals confirming the presence of some bandits within the normal space of Abinsi and Angbaye Islands in Guma LGA of Benue State.  The troops subsequently mobilized and carried out a strong clearance operation alongside the axis. Troops found and destroyed two makeshift camps the place the armed bandits used to hibernate on the Islands.

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“The raid compelled the armed bandits to flee the gen space. Nevertheless, troops pursued the bandits till contact was damaged alongside the River line separating Benue and Nassarawa States. In the aftermath of the encounter, troops recovered one AK 47 journal with 22 rounds of seven.62mm Special ammunition.

“Additionally, within the early hours of 9 March 2020, Nigerian Army troops deployed in Kebe, Sokoto State whereas on clearance operation got here involved with some bandits at Jigawa Village.

Following the encounter six bandits had been neutralized whereas three dane weapons and 4 bikes had been captured by the troops.  In the identical vein two different bikes had been destroyed because of troops’ excessive quantity of fireside on the criminals.

“Regrettably, one gallant soldier was wounded in motion through the encounter. The wounded in motion soldier has been evacuated to a army medical facility and is in steady situation.

“Relatedly, on 9 March 2020, troops of 1 Division Garrison, whereas on clearance operation to Maguzawa normal space of Igabi LGA of Kaduna State, made contact with some bandits. Resulting from the temporary encounter, one bandit was neutralized whereas others had been believed to have fled with gunshot wounds as indicated by the paths of blood alongside their withdrawal route.

“Earlier on, in the early hours of 6 March 2020, troops of 8 Division deployed at Zurmi LGA of Sokoto State sprung a successful ambush against bandits at Gidan Jaja Village in the same LGA. In the aftermath of the encounter, one bandit was neutralised while troops captured one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube, one Rocket Propelled Gun bomb, one AK 47 Rifle, one AK 47 Rifle magazine loaded with 11 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and one motorcycle”.

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