Kaduna: Bandits Killed Two, Nine Rescued

Eleven villagers who were abducted by bandits at the villages of Anguwan Maharba and Dandami have been freed by troops of the Nigerian Army’s 1 Division, which is stationed in Birnin Yero in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

However, before the soldiers arrived, the bandits killed two of the kidnapped captives.

According to the report, the forces conducting normal patrols in the Kanzaure area had obtained reliable information regarding the abduction of eleven villagers from the villages of Anguwan Maharba and Dandami.

In a statement released on Monday, 11th December 2023, by Lieutenant Colonel Musa Yahaya, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division, “the troops in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force swiftly mobilised and laid ambush on the bandits’ crossing point on Friday, December 8th, 2023.”

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Yahaya revealed that after the military established contact with the robbers, “the bandits withdrew in disarray with gunshot wounds due to the troops’ overwhelming firepower.”

The nine kidnapped victims, Inusa Bala, 45; Halima Gambo, 36; Halima Saidu, 35; Ladi Musa, 35; Aisha Basiru, 30; Inusa Saidu, 22; Faiza Inusa, 10; Dahara Saidu, 10; and Shahid Inusa, one year, five months, were all freed by the forces together.

“Two of the kidnapped victims—Safiya Saidu, 19, and Saadatu Saidu, 18—were killed by the bandits prior to the arrival of the troops,” Yahaya stated.

He said that one AK-47 rifle and one locally manufactured weapon were taken from the bandits by the military during the operation.

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Yahaya further stated that Major General Valentine Okoro, the Force Commander of Operation Whirl Punch and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 1 Division of the Army, had praised the soldiers for their tenacity and vowed to keep up their efforts to protect the safety and tranquilly of the people living in the Division’s Area of Responsibility.

The statement concluded, “Furthermore, the GOC urged the people of Kaduna State to continue availing troops and other security agencies with credible intelligence.”

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