Two bandits were on Tuesday eliminated by military in Kaduna state.
The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Lt-Col Musa Yahaya revealed in a statement in Kaduna, adding that following a tip-off from a human intelligence source, troops of Operation Forest Sanity, under the 1 Division Nigerian Army, ambushed and successfully neutralised two bandit leaders and capturing arms, ammunition and other equipment.
Yahaya said earlier, an intelligence source revealed that a bandit leader named Isiya Danwasa intended to send his errand boy Yunusa to purchase some arms and ammunition in Kaduna town.
“Subsequently, the errand boy was trailed and picked up by plain cloth soldiers and later used to lure two of the bandits’ leaders to a selected ammunition collection point.
“Upon their arrival, troops who had laid ambush engaged the criminals with superior firepower and neutralised them.
He said one motorcycle, two AK 47 rifles, six AK 47 magazines, 250 rounds of 7.62 mm special, one power bank, two charm vests and N200,000 cash were recovered from the bandits.
Yahaya said the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Joint Task Force Operation Whirl Punch Maj-Gen Taoheed Lagbaja, charged the troops to go after all bandits and show them no mercy.
“The GOC appealed to the general public to continue to avail the troops and other security agencies credible and actionable information, to bring banditry, kidnapping and other crimes to a lasting end,” he said.