The Nigeria Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have rescued 18 women and 5 children as well as recovered 75 rustled livestock from bandits in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina.
A statement issued by the Coordinator, Defence Media operations, Major General John Enenche stated that this was a continued effort by the troops to sustain the tempo in safeguarding lives and properties in the North Central zone of the country.
He said following credible information on armed bandits’ activities at Wurma Village in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State, troops in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Police Force swiftly mobilized to the location.
They engaged the bandits who had kidnapped some locals and rustled some livestock from Kwayawa village in Safana Local Government Area.
He stated that with superior firepower and support by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship, the armed bandits were forced to abandon the kidnapped victims.
“During the encounter, troops also arrested one bandits’ informant named, Mohammed Saleh along with some arms and ammunition.
“The rescued kidnapped victims have been successfully reunited with their families and the recovered livestock handed over to the owners, while the arrested bandits’ informant has been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agency for further action,” he added.