Operatives of the Nigerian Army have arrested the traditional rulers of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
They were arrested for allegedly leaking information to bandits. Soldiers also arrested 16 other suspected informants and errand men to the bandits.
The soldiers attached to Operation Harbin Kunama 3 also killed 6 bandits in Kirsa and Sunke villages located in Anka Local Government Area of the state following a gun battle.
Mansur Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence, had accused some traditional rulers of colluding with the bandits terrorizing Zamfara State.
Report reaching Naija Buzz shows that dangerous weapons including AK-47 rifles were left behind by the fleeing bandits following fierce gun battle between the soldiers and the bandits that lasted over 2 hours.
The Nigerian Army in a statement through its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, said that the bandits left their camp and fled following the clearance operation by the troops.
“Troops on Operation Harbin Kunama 3, based on credible intelligence about bandits’ movements in Kirsa and Sunke in the Anka LGA, continued with a clearance operation into the hinterland to clear the brigands.
“Consequently, the troops engaged the bandits in a shoot-out at the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages which resulted in the extermination of six criminals, the recovery of two AK-47 rifles and two motorcycles.
“Similarly, in Doka and Mutu villages in the Gusau LGA, troops also had a serious encounter on Saturday with a group of bandits which lasted for about two hours. The brigands were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, but they were overpowered by the troops, forcing them to flee from their hideouts. Eighteen suspected informants to the bandits were arrested, including the village heads of Doka and Mutu villages.”
Additionally,18 suspected informants and errand men to the bandits including the village Heads of Doka and Mutu villages were arrested. The following items were also recovered;
a. 3 x motorcycles
b. 2 x dane guns
c. 2 x machetes
“The Force Commander, Maj.-Gen Hakeem Otiki, said the troops would continue to go after bandits in Zamfara and the contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.”
He enjoined members of the public to continue cooperating with the troops and other security agencies by providing information that will assist in dealing with bandits/banditry activities in the States.