The Nigerian military high command has today outlined the successes recorded on various battlefronts in the past year. According to the spokesman for the Defense Headquarters, Major-General Bernard Onyeuko, Nigerian troops eliminated 858 bandits, arrested 2,318, and rescued 554 kidnapped victims between May 2021 and January 2022.
At the press briefing, Major-General Onyeuko told that the operations included Hadarin Daji in North-West, Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke in North-Central, as well as Thunder Strike/Whirl Punch in North-West and north Central.
Under Operation Hadarin Daji, he said the operational efforts of the gallant troops resulted in the killing of 537 bandits and other criminal elements and the arrest of 374 criminals including bandits and their collaborators as well as criminal herdsmen and robbers.
In addition, troops rescued 452 kidnapped victims and recovered 227 assorted arms, including AK-47 rifles, PKT machine guns, and GPMGs as well as 4,443 rounds of different calibers of ammunition. 3,250 rustled livestock, 238 motorcycles, and 118 extra rifle magazines were also recovered by the troops in the course of the operations.
He said the Air Component recorded another feat on January 3 when it executed air offensives on bandits’ enclaves at Gusami Forest and West Tsamre village in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara, which led to the neutralization of scores of bandits which he said were the locations of the operational base of two key bandits’ leaders, Alhaji Auta and Kachalla Ruga, who were killed alongside their followers. He said no fewer than 100 bandits were neutralized in the encounter.