Operation Forest Sanity on Tuesday said its operatives ambushed and neutralized two bandits in Kaduna State.
The Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Lt-Col Musa Yahaya, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kaduna.
Yahaya said that following a tip-off from a human intelligence source, troops of Operation Forest Sanity, under the 1 Division Nigerian Army, ambushed and successfully neutralized two bandit leaders, capturing arms, ammunition, and other equipment.
According to him, earlier, intelligence sources 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 neutralized them,” he said.
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 (GOC) 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,” he added.