OPHD troops rescue several kidnap victims, recover motorcycles

The Troops of the Joint Task Force Northwest Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) have rescued several kidnapped victims and captured equipment in the Northwest region of Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto states respectively.

In a press statement signed by the Captain, Yahaya Ibrahim, on behalf of the Force Information Officer, Operation Hadarin Daji, said acting on actionable intelligence report on 5th August, 2023 on massing up of armed bandits at Gidan Jaja of Zurmi LGA in Zamfara state, the troops of the OPHD deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zurmi immediately mobilized for a fighting patrol to the general area in order to dislodge the Bandits

He noted that during the patrol contact was made with the criminals, but due to troops’ superior firepower forced the bandits to flee in disarray with possible gunshot wounds.  After the encounter, 11 Operational Motorcycles were captured from the fleeing Bandits.

Captain Yahaya said, Troops deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Anka in Zamfara state rescued 4 kidnapped victims at about 4am of the 5th August, 2023. Saying this was achieved following credible intelligence from locals that several persons were kidnapped at Gangamai village in Gwashi District of Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara state. 

The troops immediately mobilized for a rescue mission to the village and made contact with the bandits.  Due to troops’ tactical abilities and fire superiority forced the bandits to flee and abandon their captives.  

Also troops of FOB Bini while on patrol rescued 2 kidnapped victims who were abandoned by marauding bandits and fled on sighting troops. 

Meanwhile, all the rescued victims were successfully reunited with their families.

The Commander Operation HADARIN DAJI Major General Godwin Mutkut has commended the resilience and commitments of the troops. He charged them not to relent in their efforts and they should continue to be on the offensive to deny the Bandits any freedom of action. 

Gen Mutkut also called on the people of the region to be very vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious movement or persons to the security agencies close to them.

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