In continuation with the ongoing Operation Sharan Daji, troops of the Nigerian Army conducted several raids and ambush operations in major identified camps and routes in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Govt Areas of Zamfara State.
In a statement the Force Information Officer Operation Sharan Daji, Colonel Muhammad Dole said: “During recent clearance operation along Mashema, Kwadi, kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits.
“As a result of the overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralised and their camps were set ablaze.
This successful feat has created relative peace and spurred massive returns of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their villages in Zurmi Local Govt Area (LGA).
“Likewise, during another encounter at Daban- Doka village near Dansadau, Zamfara state, troops layed ambush along bandits’ identified routes where Twenty (20) bandits were neutralised.
Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt. In one of the troops encounter with the bandits, two notorious bandits; Bello Danboko and Sani Maza were eliminated in Yanwari ward near Yankuzo and Mai Tukunya village near Dansadau all in Zamfara State.
“In another development, the troops commenced aggressive day and night fighting patrols around Kyaranke and Giwabawa villages in Kanoma District of Maru LGA, following a tip off on imposition of One Million Naira (#1m) levy each on the 2 villages. Another tip off led to the rescue and recovery of kidnapped victims and the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#500, 000.00) ransom from kidnappers in Subulu forest.
“Additionally, the troops in their recent exploits, apprehended 2 notorious bandits, who are known for terrorising Maradun town and its environs. Namely Muhammad Aminu and another one popularly called Yellow at Tashan Udda in Maradun LGA. The Bandits are under going interrogation. Some weapons, ammunitions, motorcycles, phones and large herds of cows were recovered.
“The Force Commander, Operation Sharan Daji, Major General Mohammed Mohammed wishes to assure the law abiding citizens that, the troops are poised to ensure quick restoration of peace and safety in all the vulnerable areas in Kaduna and Zamfara States.
“He urged the populace to continue to give credible information for the success of the operation. General Mohammed said, recent successes recorded are as a result of collaborative efforts between the troops and the locals.