By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The Defence Headquarters(DHQ) has said that the reorganization of the Joint Security Operation, Hadarin Daji in Zamfara and its environs and Operation Thunder Strike along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway have led to the killing of some criminals and recovery of firearms.
The Director Defence Information, Major General, Onyema Nwachukwu at a press conference on the Activities of Operation Hadarin Daji and Operation Thunder Strike, said the Operation Hadarin Daji led to the killing of 54 armed bandits at an encounter in Moriki, Madada, and Dumburum forests in Zamfara with several assorted weapons recovered from the bandits.
He said in the last two months, the troops have rescued over 50 kidnapped victims and neutralized 78 bandits in Zamfara and its surrounding states and recovered a total of 39 firearms.
He added that the operation has also recovered over 2,278 cows through the interception of rustling activities and the cows duly returned to the owners.
On the activities of the Joint Task Force Operation Thunder Strike along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, Major General, Nwachukwu disclosed that the exercise has in the last two months recorded some milestone successes with several suspected kidnappers and bandits arrested; with arms and ammunitions recovered.
According to him, “These operations led to the successful interception and arrest of 14 suspected kidnappers, while six bandits were neutralized.
“In a unique occurrence, troops while on aggressive patrol along Abuja-Kaduna highway discovered a group of bandits dressed in military camouflage who would have been ordinarily perceived by unsuspecting members of the public as military personnel on routine checks along the highway mounted an illegal road block.
“The courageous troops moved tactically to the scene, engaged them in a fire fight and neutralized the bandits” he said.
He reassured Nigerians that the military and security agencies are fully committed to guaranteeing their safety and security.