Troops have sacked several bandits’ camps in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria in the second phase of Operation Tsare Mutane.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement on Sunday said the second phase of Operation Tsare Mutane was between 19 April to 3 May 2021.
The Troops of 8 Division, sacked the bandits around Gabiya, Bozaya, and Mereri and the adjoining forests in Maru LGA of the state.
Yerima said the launch of Operation Tsare Mutane followed the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru for the Division to stabilise the area to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Maj Gen Usman Yusuf launched the first phase of Operation Tsare Mutane which lasted from 23 March to 2 April 2021 in Maradun LGA of the State.
According to the statement, the troops successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya, and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others in the first operation.
The statement read further, “the troops successfully neutralised 48 bandits while the bandits’ leader in the area Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. The troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave.
“Moreover, eight AK-47 rifles and one G3 rifle, as well as one PKT and a Machine Gun were recovered from the Bandits.”
In the same vein, the areas which were heavily infested by bandits in the State were successfully cleared by the highly spirited troops in the second phase.
Yerima noted that “Key bandits’ leaders including Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina and Sama’ila Bakajin Bari were neutralised in the process while the main leader Nasanda narrowly escaped with fatal injuries.
“Equally neutralised in the operation was one Isan Heshi who is a close ally of a notorious bandit called Nagala. Isan Heshi was the second in command to Heshi before he joined Nagala following Heshi’s death in an earlier operation.’
“Items recovered in the second phase of Operation Tsare Mutane include 4,600 rounds of ammunition, two AK-103 rifles, eight AK-47 magazines, 1,628 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, fifty-four rounds of PKM as well as one motorcycle and five Techno mobile phones.”
The COAS has, therefore, congratulated the GOC and troops of the 8 Division for the gains made so far and urged them to sustain their offensive operations until Zamfara and neighbouring States are stabilised.
Attahiru further assured Yusuf of his continuous support in achieving the overall objective of keeping the North West and the entire country free of terrorism, banditry, and other violent crimes.