In the ongoing onslaught against the marauding bandits,the troops of the Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) covering Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara state in the northwest have continued to record more successes in the ongoing clearance operation as more armed bandits killed, while they successfully rescued kidnapped victims, recovered items and destroyed bandits camps in the region.
The latest development was recorded, on 3rd August 2023, when armed bandits attempted to infiltrate and attack Isa LGA of Sokoto state.
The vigilant Troops deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Isa responded swiftly and repelled the attack with superior fire power which forced the Bandits to withdraw and flee with gunshot wounds as traces of blood stains were seen in their routes during pursuit.
Media Smarts Nigeria can authoritatively report that, troops of Team 8 of Sector 3 Operation Hadarin Daji deployed at Sabon Birni in Sokoto state conducted clearance operations, discovered and destroyed bandits hideouts at Kusabunni Forest, Tafkin gawo, Alumdawa, Ungwar Mailele and Malamawa villages in Sokoto state.
However, Bandits fled and abandoned their hideouts before the arrival of the troops who recovered from the Bandits hideouts 3 Motorcycles, 3 AK 47 Magazines and Ammunition.
Others include, varieties of pairs of both Military and foreign Camouflage uniforms, Police uniform and a Radio.
Relatedly, responding to a distress call on bandits kidnapped activities and rustling of large numbers of animals, Troops of Sector 2 in Katsina state swiftly mobilized an offensive operation along the withdrawal routes of the abductors at Kore town in Batagarawa local government area of Katsina state; on sighting troops, bandits fled and abandoned the kidnapped victims and the rustled animals.
Our source within the military said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Katsina state also successfully rescued 4 persons who were captured from their farm lands by armed bandits along Ungwan Madugu of Dandume local government area of Katsina state.
The victims were abandoned by their captors and fled when the troops in conjunction with vigilantes mobilized to the farm land where the kidnapping occurred.
All the rescued victims were successfully handed over to their families while the recovered cattle were handed over to the rightful owners.