Troops Destroy Rustlers’ Camps, Arrest Bandits, Recover Ammunition

In continuation of their onslaught and fight against terrorism, Nigerian army troops have crushed camps of suspected cattle rustlers in Zamfara state. The attack on rustlers occurred yesterday at a time when many Nigerians were still unsure of whether or not to join the industrial action of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) scheduled for Wednesday, May 18. Some of the things recovered from the rustlers’ camp include ammunition and motorcycles.

A statement issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the army spokesperson, on Wednesday, said, “On Tuesday 17th May, 2016, troops of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of “Operation MESA” in Zamfara State, raided suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits’ camp at Yan Mangu forest, near Dandindin Village, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Two of the bandits were captured during the raid, as “The troops also arrested 2 bandits and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 7 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 3 locally made guns and 1 motorcycle. The two suspects were allegedly arrested, while attempting to flee from the camps. Nevertheless, the troops have destroyed all the bandits’ camps in the forest and are further dominating the general area and other flash points with raids and patrols.

“The public are kindly requested to continue to be more security conscious and report any suspicious movement or persons to the nearest security agencies. This is not the first time the Nigerian troops are destroying camps belonging to the rustlers as they also recently destroyed some of their enclaves in Zamfara, where many dangerous weapons were recovered by the troops.


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