Troops Arrest Vandals, Neutralize Bandits, Recovers Arms, Ammunition

Troops Arrest Vandals, Neutralize Bandits, Recovers Arms, Ammunition

Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters, DHQ has revealed that troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN and HADARIN DAJI have continued to deny terrorists and other criminal elements freedom of action in their area of operations.

Notably on 25 July 2022, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN arrested a notorious  kidnapper/armed robber and cattle rustler; Mr Zwanlan Fatim – 42yrs at Shendam town, Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State. 

A statement by the Director of Defence Media Operations, DHQ,  Major General Benard Onyeuko explained that the troops  recovered one locally made pistol, five cartridges, one rounds of 7.62mm NATO, two mobile phones, two Union Bank ATM cards, one ID card, assorted charms amongst others.

He said that in another development, on 26 July 2022, troops intercepted Two (2) rail vandals, Mr Abba Abdul – 23 yrs and My Joseph ZI – 26yrs at Bas village, Heipang District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. vandals were intercepted while conveying Eighty Six (86) railways UIC sleepers in a red Peugeot Boxer vehicle with registration No BAU 05 SX.

He noted that troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI at the early hours of 27 July 2022 responded to a distress call from Bayi village in Tsefe Local Government Area of banditry activities. Troops trailed bandits to one Alhaji Bello Dan Iya’s residence and neutralized one bandit. Items recovered include; one AK47 rifle, one magazine, four  rounds 7.632mm special, one MPs, one sachet of marijuana amongst others. 

“Earlier, on 25 July 2022, troops engaged one suspected bandit on motorcycle while commuting bush path along Gidan Garba, Magami Local Government Area of Zamfara State. troops recovered 1 x AK47 rifle and 2 pairs of woodland camouflage. All recovered items are in own custody.

“The military high command commends troops of Operations SAFE HAVEN and HADARIN DAJI for their timely intervention, encourages the general public to avail troops with credible and timely information on criminal activities. 


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