The 1 Division of the Nigerian Army says its Operation Harbin Kunama III has killed 24 bandits and kidnappers in Kano, Kaduna and Niger States within one month of the operation.
Briefing newsmen on the progress made so far yesterday in Kaduna, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the division, Major General Faruk Yahaya said the operation was designed to check, neutralise and destroy banditry activities in states that share borders with Zamfara, Katsina and Kebbi states.
According to him, “Apart from neutralising 24 bandits and kidnappers and arrested 61 others, the operation also recovered N1.1 million cash, 56 assorted arms, 374 cows, 104 goats and 20 kidnapped victims also rescued.
“Our main focus is to take the fight to bandits and kidnappers in their hideouts, neutralise them and destroy their camps and these we have been doing with all sense responsibility and we shall continue to protect territorial integrity of Nigeria.
“During this exercise, we recorded some success. We neutralised 24 bandits, armed robbers and kidnappers. We also arrested 61 others.
“Other success included but not limited to 56 assorted arms, N1.1m cash, some fake US dollars, two vehicles, three motorcycles 374 cows, 104 goats.
“While our operations continue to record successes, we call on individuals to avail the troops with credible and timely information instead of only reporting when the bandits and other criminals have inflicted their victims and fled.
“On our part, we are stepping up in intelligence gathering in conjunction with other security agencies and stakeholders and that is what has accounted for some of our recent gains and successes.”