Troops from the I Division of the Nigerian Army have successfully neutralized three bandits and recovered weapons in Kaduna, according to a statement by Lt-Col Musa Yahaya, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations for I Division. The operation took place in the Maro-Chibiya forest area of Kajuru Local Government Area on November 12.
Acting on credible intelligence, the troops, in collaboration with Operation Whirl Punch, conducted a clearance operation, engaging the armed bandits with superior firepower. One bandit was neutralized, and others fled with gunshot wounds into the surrounding forest.
During the operation, the troops captured one AK-47 rifle, one locally fabricated AK-47 rifle, four 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, and one mobile phone.
Additionally, on November 10, troops encountered bandits during a clearance operation at Kawara and Filin Jalo villages in Igabi Local Government Area. In the ensuing firefight, one bandit was neutralized, and the troops recovered one AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, one motorcycle, and one Techno phone. Other bandits managed to escape with gunshot wounds.
Further clearance operations were conducted in Mai-Kulu-Gwanda, Rafin Gora, Funtua Badadi, and Kabawa villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area. During these operations, one bandit was neutralized, and the troops captured one Boafeng radio and a motorcycle.
Maj-Gen. Valentine Okoro, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) I Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander of Operation Whirl Punch, commended the troops for their gallantry. He urged them to sustain the momentum until all bandits, terrorists, and criminal elements in the Division’s Area of Responsibility are completely eradicated.