Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed some bandits, rescued 10 hostages, and recovered weapons in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Chikun and Igabi in Kaduna State.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this on Tuesday.
According to the commissioner, the troops neutralized an unspecified number of bandits while clearing out insurgent and bandit camps at Apewohe in Chikun LGA.
The operation extended to Dakwala and Kunai hills in the same LGA, where more hideouts were cleared, though no contact was made with bandits.
Another camp was similarly dislodged at a location known as ‘Daban Lawal Kwalba’ in Igabi LGA, after the troops overpowered heavily armed bandits guarding hostages.
The hostages were identified as follows:
– Surajo Aliyu
– Ayuba Yakubu
– Ibrahim Abdulrasheed
– Aliyu Mohammed
– Magaji Tasiu
– Nasiru Ahmed
– Mohammadu lbrahim
– Ayuba Abdulsalam
– Kelvin Musa
– Paul Patrick
The troops who came under further attack in the thick forest, successfully evacuated the hostages to a military facility where they are receiving medical attention before being reunited with their families.
Furthermore, a camp was cleared at Rafin Gwaska, Igabi LGA, where the following items were recovered, among other effects:
– Three locally made rifles
– One AK-47 magazine
– One AK-47 top cover
– Four Bafoeng radio chargers
– Eleven mobile phones
– Three music boxes
– Two sets of military uniforms
– One frag jacket
– Spanners, knives and chains
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, thanked the troops for the rescue of the ten citizens and commended the troops for the relentless spirit displayed in the ongoing operations, and encouraged them to sustain these efforts to ultimate victory.