Nigerian Army Rebut Bandits along Abuja-Kaduna Highway

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Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
November 24, 2020 

Kaduna State Government has updated that the notorious armed bandits have been successfully rebutted Nigerian soldiers of ‘Operation Thunder Strike’ (OPTS), along the Kaduna-Abuja Road on Monday night.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr. Samuel Aruwa, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, on Tuesday in Kaduna.

In the statement, Mr. Aruwan said that the armed bandits appeared along the pipeline axis of the Kakau General Area in an attempt to strike, when the Nigerian military confronted and rebutted them with superior firearms.

“Many of the bandits escaped into the forest with gunshot wounds, having been denied freedom of action,” he said.
He added that when the troops cleared the road for traffic, it was discovered that a driver was hit by the bandits who were fleeing the location.

He also stated that two buses ran into a ditch resulting in injuries to some passengers who were rushed to the hospital by the security operatives.

Mr. Aruwan explained that the government was also briefed that the armed bandits, in frustration at being denied freedom of action, attacked Maiginginya village in Igabi local government area of the state at about 3 am and killed two persons.

“The bandits killed one Nasiru Yahaya and Isah Bature, they also injured one Magaji Goma and Zurkhalaini Alhassan,” he said.

“Similarly, the government was briefed that security agencies foiled a bandit attack in the early hours of today along Zaria-Funtua Road in Giwa local government area of the state.

“Two citizens were rescued and rushed to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, operatives are still carrying out aggressive patrols in the general area,” Aruwan said.

Aruwan said the Kaduna state government had condoled with the families of the deceased and prayed for the repose of their souls while wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

According to Aruwan, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai had praised the troops for the bravery and courage exhibited in repelling the bandits.

“The Kaduna state government is in constant touch with the Federal Government, Military, Police, Department of State Services, and relevant security agencies towards enhancing the security of life and property.

“The government will continue to keep citizens informed on the security situation in the state,” Aruwan said.