By Samuel Aruwan
Troops of Operation Forest Sanity neutrized several bandits and dislodged camps during clearance operations conducted across some hard-to-reach locations, spanning Chikun and Igabi Local Government Areas in Kaduna State.
As disclosed in an operational feedback, the troops neutralized an unspecified number of bandits while clearing out insurgent and bandit camps at Apewohe in Chikun Local Government Area.
The operation extended to Dakwala and Kunai hills in the same Local Government Area, where more hideouts were cleared, though no contact was made with bandits.
Another camp was similarly dislodged at a location known as ‘Daban Lawal Kwalba’ in Igabi Local Government Area, after the troops overpowered heavily armed bandits guarding hostages.
The troops after clearing out the bandits, stormed the hideouts and rescued ten kidnapped persons who were chained and bound with ropes.
The images attached depict the dire situation in which the hostages were found.
The troops untied the hostages, who were identified as follows:
- Surajo Aliyu
- Ayuba Yakubu
- Ibrahim Abdulrasheed
- Aliyu Mohammed
- Magaji Tasiu
- Nasiru Ahmed
- Mohammadu lbrahim
- Ayuba Abdulsalam
- Kelvin Musa
- Paul Patrick
The troops who came under further attack in the thick forest, successfully evacuated the hostages to a military facility where they are receiving medical attention before being reunited with their families.
Furthermore, a camp was cleared at Rafin Gwaska, Igabi Local Government Area, where the following items were recovered, among other effects:
- Three locally made rifles
- One AK-47 magazine
- One AK-47 top cover
- Four Bafoeng radio chargers
- Eleven mobile phones
- Three music boxes
- Two sets of military uniforms
- One frag jacket
- Spanners, knives and chains
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai noted, the report with satisfaction, and thanked the troops for the rescue of the ten citizens.
The Governor commended the troops for the relentless spirit displayed in the ongoing operations, and encouraged them to sustain these efforts to ultimate victory.
Citizens are strongly advised not to harbour or provide medical aid to suspicious individuals carrying what may be gunshot wounds.
Such cases are to be immediately reported to the Security Operations Room on the lines 09034000060 and 08170189999.
@views exclusive rights: Samuel Aruwan,
Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, September 13, 2023.