Troops attached to 1 Division, Nigerian Army, on Wednesday embarked on a raid on armed bandits and kidnappers’ hideouts in Zamfara and Kaduna states during which four cattle rustlers were killed.
The spokesperson of the Army, Col. Sani Usman, made this disclosure known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
The statement said the troops, deployed under the ‘Operation Sharan Daji’ a special military campaign aimed at dislodging all camps and hideouts of armed criminals, also arrested three suspected kidnappers at some bushy locations in Kaduna State.
It added that the operation, which was carried out on October 18 was a “raid on livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camp at Barikin Daji forest near Masafa village in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.”
“During the operation, the troops killed 4 bandits, recovered a motorcycle and destroyed all the camps at the forest.”
“Similarly troops of the same formation, in conjunction with local vigilante also carried out similar operation at the notorious livestock, armed bandits and kidnappers’ hideout in Anchau forest, Kubau Local Government Area, Kaduna State same day.
“During the operation, 3 kidnappers, Umaru Buje, Sanusi Shuaibu and Samaila Ibrahim were arrested by the troops.
“The arrested persons are currently being interrogated.”
Aside Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and cattle rustling have, in recent times, become another major threat to national security.