Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. John Agim (left), displays arms recovered from bandits in Zamfara State yesterday Photo: NAN
Troops of Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara State have killed 20 armed bandits, recovered 24 rifles and other assorted weapons, the acting director, Defence Information, Brigadier-General John Agim, has disclosed.
Briefing newsmen on the success recorded on the operation being conducted by the military and other security agencies, Agim said during the period in focus, troops also recovered 1,444 cows, 478 sheep, 11 camels, 14 donkeys, 56 rams and 293 goats.
Other items recovered were two military desert camouflages, one camouflage T-shirt and jungle hat, 55 motorcycles and the sum of N27,430.00 as well as food items.
“Others were 7 Dane guns, 1 FN bayonet, 7 axes, 2 bows and arrows, 1 handcuff, 30 machetes and 6 knives. The troops also recovered raps of Indian hemp as well as charms. The recovered weapons are displayed outside and you shall see them after this briefing,” he added.
Agim said the operation was part of the Operation 777 being conducted and coordinated simultaneously nationwide under the auspices of the Defence Headquarters. Prior to the launch of Operation 777, bandits and criminals had devised different means of evading ongoing operations in different theatres of operations.
“The operational activities and Area of Responsibility (AOR) was expanded to achieve the set objectives of Op 777. The newly reinvigorated OPSD now covers entire Zamfara State and some LGAs of the contiguous States of Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto. All these efforts contributed immensely to the achievements of OPSD during the period under review”
“The Air Task Force (ATF) in support of this operation has also continued to strike at the bandits as well as destroying their enclaves in the forests. The air bombardment on bandits’ camps and hideout has kept them constantly on the run, disorganized and incapable of launching coordinated attacks on communities like before, and this will continue to be sustained,” he said.