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Troops Raid Kingpin’s Den, Eliminate Terrorists In Katsina, Zamfara 

 

Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations in Katsina and Zamfara States have raided terrorists’ enclaves resulting in the elimination of some terrorists.

In a statement posted on X on Monday, the Army said that in an operation in Zamfara on March 29, 2024, troops raided the den of a notorious terrorists’ kingpin, Hassan Yantagwaye, in the Tsafe Local Government Area.

Yantagwaye and his group have allegedly been responsible for kidnappings and acts of terrorism in some parts of North West Nigeria.

During the operation, troops overpowered the terrorists in an ensuing gun battle, neutralising three of them and recovering a large cache of arms and ammunition. Troops also destroyed the terrorists’ camps.

The Army also said troops intercepted 441 wraps of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa at Molegede village in the Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, also on March 29, 2024.

“The vigilant troops uncovered the illicit substances being conveyed in a Mazda Saloon car, after the smugglers absconded, abandoning the vehicle on sighting the troops.

“The vehicle and illicit products will be handed over to the appropriate agency after preliminary investigations,” the statement read.

Furthermore, in Katsina State, troops on March 30, 2024, engaged in a fierce gun battle with terrorists in Shawu Kuka, Shinda, Tafki, Gidan Surajo, and Citakushi in Kabai I and Kabai II within the Faskari Local Government Area.

“The troops neutralised 8 terrorists and recovered 3 Locally fabricated guns, military uniforms and a large quantity of stolen grains.

“In Ebonyi State, troops conducting night patrols on 31 April 2024, encountered armed Effium militias along Urban Effium in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Eboyin State. Troops overpowered the militias in a combat engagement that followed and captured one of the militias. The troops also recovered one AK – 47 Rifle and 11 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition. The suspect is currently undergoing preliminary investigation.”

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The Nigerian Army said troops remained committed to ensuring the safety and security of the populace and would leave no stone unturned to rid the nation of terrorists and insurgents.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja commended the bravery and dedication of the brave troops in these successful operations.

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