Troops of the Nigerian Army Operation Whirl Punch have neutralized armed bandits in a location several kilometers off the Kaduna-Abuja Road and rescued two kidnapped victims in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, October 20, 2022, said troops acting on credible intelligence carried out aggressive fighting patrols to Abasiya-Amale area located east of Polewire in Kachia LGA, where they engaged the bandits.
“In the fierce battle, the troops overpowered the bandits and subsequently destroyed their hideouts. Troops are still combing the general area at the time of this update, while the corpses of two neutralized bandits have been recovered,” the statement read.
The following items were also recovered: one AK-47 rifle, two magazines carrying 38 rounds of ammunition and one cell phone.
“There are strong indications that some bandits escaped with life threatening injuries and might be seeking medical assistance in the general area. To this end, locals are warned to refrain from rendering any assistance to questionable elements, and should instead report such matters to the following numbers: 09034000060 08170189999. The public will be intimated on further developments,” the commissioner added.
In another recorded breakthrough against the bandits, troops of Operation Forest Sanity responded to reports of an attack around Dende-Buruku Junction along the Damba-Dende-Buruku Road, Chikun LGA.
The troops mobilized to the location and made contact with bandits at Rafin Kaura. The bandits fled from the advancing troops, who then rescued two victims who had been kidnapped in transit:
The rescued victims, Amina Kasim and Yunusa Usman, have been linked up with vehicles conveying them to their original destinations.
The troops subsequently cleared the bandit camps in the general area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai who received the operational feedback with gratitude, commended the officers and men of the Armed Forces and other agencies under the leadership of GOC One Division, Major General TA Lagbaja, presently pursuing the onslaught against bandits and terrorists elements.