Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The troops of 35 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army in a joint patrol with elements of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, under the auspices of Operation Sharan Daji, on Friday, carried out joint operations along Tsambe-Fafare road, Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said the operation was predicated on information received by well-meaning citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles.
According to Usman, the team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara State. He said during an encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits, while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds.
“They however recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition,” he stated.
Usman said another combined team also carried out special raids operations along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road, Katsina State.
“It was in that process that they arrested a notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed (AKA Gora) alongside his boys and accomplices; Anas Gora and Bello Sani. The team recovered 49 cattle and 25 sheep from them,” he said.
He said the suspects were handed over to the police while the recovered animals have been handed over to Faskari Local Government Area Council Secretary for handing over to the rightful owners.