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 Army troops eliminate threat, seize arms in Sabon Birni, Kaduna



 Army troops eliminate threat, seize arms in Sabon Birni, Kaduna

In a significant victory against the scourge of banditry, the 1 Division Nigerian Army reported on Wednesday that its troops successfully neutralized a notorious bandit and seized a cache of arms and ammunition in Sabon Birni, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The operation, which took place on December 17, involved a strategic ambush by the troops targeting criminal elements operating in the region.


According to a statement released by the Division’s Acting Deputy Director of Public Relations, Lieutenant-Colonel Musa Yahaya, the troops executed a meticulously planned ambush, resulting in the elimination of a bandit and the recovery of a substantial arsenal. Among the confiscated items were one AK-47 rifle with a magazine loaded with 15 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, a Baofeng radio, and two Techno phones.


“In another sting operation along Dende-Buruku Road in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on December 15,” Lt-Col Yahaya continued, “troops ambushed bandits, leading to the escape of several criminals with gunshot wounds. During the operation, the troops successfully recovered one AK-47 rifle and one AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with four 7.62mm (special) ammunition.”


The decisive actions of the army troops underscore their commitment to addressing the persistent security challenges posed by banditry in Kaduna State. Lt-Col Yahaya highlighted the General Officer Commanding the Division, Maj-Gen Valentine Okoro, who also serves as the Force Commander of Operation WHIRL PUNCH. Maj-Gen Okoro commended the troops for their resilience and successful execution of the operations, urging them to maintain their vigilance and deny criminal elements the freedom to perpetrate evil acts.


The recovered arms and ammunition serve as tangible evidence of the army’s efforts to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks responsible for insecurity in the region. The AK-47 rifles, magazines, and ammunition are potent instruments often used by bandits to instill fear and carry out violent acts against innocent civilians.


Kaduna State, like many regions in Nigeria, has grappled with the menace of banditry, which has led to the loss of lives and the displacement of communities. The army’s proactive engagement with these criminal elements is a critical step towards restoring peace and stability to the affected areas.


The success of these operations demonstrates the military’s capability to respond effectively to security threats and reinforces their commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens. As the fight against banditry continues, the role of the Nigerian Army in securing communities and restoring a sense of normalcy becomes increasingly crucial.


In the aftermath of these recent victories, the spotlight now shifts to sustained efforts and collaborative strategies to address the root causes of banditry, promote community resilience, and foster enduring peace in Kaduna State and beyond. The commendations from Maj-Gen Okoro serve as encouragement for the troops on the frontlines and underscore the significance of their role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the communities they serve.

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