Troops of operation Hadarin Daji have rescued no fewer than 17 kidnapped victims and rescued 130 cattle at various locations in Zamfara state.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the Force Information Officer Operation Hadarin Daji, Captain Yahaya Ibrahim, made available to ‘Media Smarts Nigeria’ in Gusau, the state capital.
The statement said the feats were achieved within the week covering from 11 – 15 September 2023, with a total of 2 foiled kidnapping attempts, 17 rescued victims and 130 cattle were recovered by the troops of OPHD in Zamfara state.
It also said the foiled kidnapping attempts resulted in the rescue of the 17 kidnapped victims and recovered large numbers of rustled cattle in the state.
“On 14 September 2023, the Joint troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) in Zamfara state while acting on a distress call thwarted kidnap attempt, rescued 2 victims and the commercial vehicle carrying food stuff along corner Jollof in Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara state.
“Similarly, ground troops deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Danjigba while on a routine patrol intercepted and rescued 3 kidnapped victims,” the statement said.
It further stated that a preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were abducted from their farmlands and held captive at Dangajeru forest where they successfully escaped due to the intensified clearance operation by troops within the area.
“In another development, on 13 September 2023, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI in Zamfara state intercepted and rescued 8 kidnapped victims at Baggega.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims had been in captivity for 8 weeks and were able to escape from Gando forest due to the recent offensive operation and constant fighting patrol along the fringes of the forest.
“Similarly, on 12 September 2023, acting on Intelligence reports on movement of large numbers of rustled animals by Bandits around Tsamiyar Gezozi in Anka LGA of Zamfara state.
“Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) deployed at Anka swung into action to the crossing route and engaged the bandits with superior fire which forced the Bandits to flee and abandoned over 130 rustled animals.
“The recovered animals were handed over to the appropriate authority on recovered rustled animals to deliver to the rightful owners.
“Relatedly, on 11 September 2023, following a distress call on kidnapping of persons by armed bandits at Bunkasau village in Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara state.
“Troops swiftly mobilized to the village with firepower superiority forced the bandits to abandon the victims and fled in disarray. Consequently, 4 male victims were rescued unhurt.” It further stated.
The statement said all rescued kidnapped victims were successfully reunited with their families while the recovered cattle were handed over to the Zamfara state committee on recovered cattle to enable handling them to the rightful owners.
Speaking on the successes recorded, Commander Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Godwin Mutkut commended the troops for the relentless efforts and commitments in rescuing the victims.
He however charged the troops not to rest on their oars and to be on the offensive in order to continuously deny the criminals freedom of action.
General Mutkut also assured the people of the troops continuous intensity and patrols in its Areas of Responsibility while calling on the people to continuously provide timely information to the troops.