Army raids illegal mining site, arrests 150 in Zamfara
By Our reporter
Aug. 25, 2020 - Troops of the Nigeria Army under Operation Sahel Sanity has coordinated intelligence-based operations leading to the raid of an illegal mining site which serves as a hideout to bandits.
Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence, Media Operations disclosed this during a news conference held in Super Camp 4 Faskari on Tuesday.
Onyeuko said the bandits’ hideout is located along Gadan Zaima in Bukuyyum LGA of Zamfara State serves as bandits’ hideout.
He explained that during the operation, troops arrested 150 suspects and recovered 20 locally fabricated dane guns and one of the suspects neutralized while trying to escape.
He added that preliminary investigation has revealed that aside sabotaging the nation’s economy, banditry is being financed through these illegal mining activities.
Onyeuko said that in a similar development, the gallant troops on fighting patrol encountered 3 bandits on motorcycles around Maigalma village in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara while attempting to attack innocent residents.
“During the encounter, one of the bandits was neutralized while others escaped and troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle.
“One AK 47 Rifle magazine loaded with 5 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and two motorcycles from the fleeing bandits,” he said.
Onyeuko also said that troops acting on intelligence raided a known bandit hideout around Dogon Karfe village in Bakura area council of Zamfara.
He said that during the operation 4 Dane Guns and one loaded magazine in an abandoned structure were recovered.
“While troops deployed at Wagini village arrested a wanted notorious bandit named Isuhu Ibrahim (Bula) who in company with other bandits have been terrorizing the general area for a while.
“Relatedly, troops deployed to Daki Takwas conducted a snap road block and successfully intercepted a Toyota Corolla car with Reg. No. DAL 41MT.
“After a diligent search on the vehicle, troops discovered 11 brand new locally made rifles and 150 live cartridges carefully concealed in different parts of the vehicle.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that the dangerous cargo was heading to Kofar Dinya in Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara State, while 5 men were arrested in connection to the illegal fire arms.
All the suspects are currently in custody of the Nigeria Army, undergoing preliminary investigations and will soon be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies for further action,” he said.