Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Zamfara: Security operatives kill 70 bandits, recover guns, ammunition

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DSSFrom Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d Gusau

The Department of the State Security (DSS) Zamfara state Command in joint anti-banditry operation with the troops of the 223 Light Tank Battalion and repentant bandits have succeeded in killing 10 armed bandits commanders and other 60 members of Buharin Daji’s dreaded group in separate encounters.
They also recovered 30 AK47 and 6,000 live ammunitions from the arrested gun runners as well.
This was heralded at a press conference by the State Director of Security (SDS) Zamfara state Commmand, Hadi Usman Sudawa, shortly after reception ceremony of Buharin Daji’s remains by the state Acting Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala at the weekend in Government House, Gusau, the state capital.
The Director said, the idea of forming the anti-banditry operation in the state followed refusal of Fulani bandits led by the deceased Buharin Daji to respect the agreement reached under a Peace and Reconciliation Committee headed by the state deputy governor, fulani armed bandits and Yansakai with a view to suspend hostilities and to lay down arms for peace restoration.
“Following agreement reached under the Peace and Reconciliation Committee which was constituted by the state government under the chairmanship of the state deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, to suspend hostilities between Fulani armed bandits and ‘Yansakai, both parties were asked to lay down their arms.
“While members of Volunteer Vigilante laid down a significant number of arms, the Fulani bandits remained adamant. Shortly after, sometimes in April, 2017, the armed bandits resumed full blown armed banditry activities in different parts of the state and this necessitated the resumption of anti-banditry operation against Buhari led banditry syndicate and other bandits in the state,” Sudawa explained.
He further informed that, the anti-banditry operation which always work closely with repentant bandits, had succeeded in the arrest of one the top most commander identified as Dogo Bangaje by the Nigeria Police who was subsequently handed over to DSS under the directive of the state governor for further actions.
“Following such a development, the terror godfather of Bangaje, (Buhari General issued a 24 hour ultimatum to the state government to release him unconditionally otherwise he would make the state ungovernable by committing large scale massacre and other unbearable criminal activities in the state,” the Director stated.
According to SDS, there was an achievement worth commendation and credited to the repentant bandits as they have killed at least 10 Commanders of Buhari General, over 60 foot soldiers and recovered over 6,000 rustled cows. “The recovered rustled cows were brought to Trade-Fare complex Gusau where victims of cattle rustling came, identified and collected their cows.”

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