According to Operation Forest Sanity personnel, its operatives intercepted and defeated two bandits in Kaduna State on Tuesday.
In a statement released in the state, Lt. Col. Musa Yahaya, the acting deputy director of army public relations for 1 Division Nigerian Army, acknowledged the occurrence.
Yahaya claimed that after receiving a tip from an intelligence source, soldiers of Operation Forest Sanity, assigned to the Nigerian Army’s 1 Division, attacked two bandit leaders and successfully neutralized them while snatching weapons, ammo, and other equipment.
The statement partly read, “An earlier intelligence source revealed that a bandit leader named Isiya Danwasa intended to send his errand boy Yunusa to purchase some arms and ammunition in Kaduna town.
“Subsequently, the errand boy was trailed and picked up by plain cloth soldiers and later used to lure two of the bandits’ leaders to a selected ammunition collection point.
“Upon their arrival, troops who had laid ambush engaged the criminals with superior firepower and neutralised them.”
He said items recovered from the bandits included one motorcycle, two AK 47 rifles, six AK 47 magazines, 250 rounds of 7.62 mm special, one power bank, two charm vests and the sum of N200,000.
“The General Officer Commanding, 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander, Joint Task Force Operation Whirl Punch, Maj-Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, has commended the troops for their professional conduct and perfect execution of the task.
“He also charged the troops to go after all bandits and show them no mercy.
“The GOC appealed to the general public to continue to avail the troops and other security agencies credible and actionable information, to bring banditry, kidnapping and other crimes to a lasting end,” the statement added.