By Ajogwu Jerry
Nigerian Army troops deployed for Operation HARBIN KUNAMA III to curb the menace of armed banditry in Sokoto State and its environs has intercepted some notorious bandit’s informant and logistics suppliers in Sokoto State.
A statement by the Acting Army Spokesman, Col Sagir Musa hinted that the troops had the encounter with the bandits while on routine patrol to Danboa village.
The accomplices of the bandits were intercepted at Burkusuma market in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
“The troops acting on credible intelligence report raided the location and apprehended the criminals who were transacting in the market.
“Notable among them were:
(i) Mallam Ibrahim — Confirmed to be a notorious bandits informant and collaborator renowned for collecting ransom on behalf of the bandits.
(ii) Mallam Ashiru Goni — Confirmed to be another notorious bandits courier agent who specializes in transporting logistics for bandits within and outside Sokoto State.
(iii) Mamman Taratse — A confirmed logistician for the criminals, – he specializes in the sale of rustled cattle at various markets within and outside Sokoto State.
“Similarly, troops in response to complaints of bandits activities at Magira village, stormed and raided the location and engaged the bandits in a fierce battle.
“Consequently, the troops pursued the bandits to their hideouts killing scores, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries. Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter”.
The General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Major General Hakeem Oladapo Otiki on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai has commended the gallantry of the troop.
He also thanked the locals for providing timely information that led to the successful encounter.
Gen Otiki enjoined members of the public to continue to support the ongoing operation by providing timely and accurate information to enable the troops sustain the tempo against armed banditry and other criminal activities in Nigeria.