The Nigerian military on Monday said that it killed 35 suspected bandits and recovered dozens of animals in two security operations in Zamfara state as part of broader efforts to stamp out the activity.
According to a statement signed by the military spokesman General John Eneche one of the operations in Bungudu area resulted in the killing of 30 armed bandits after troops had been tipped off about their movement with stolen animals.
The other operation in the state happened near Janbako village in Maradun where security forces killed five suspected bandits following credible intelligence about an impending reprisal attack by suspected bandits.
The troops went in pursuit of the remaining suspects after forestalling the attack, the statement added.
In a separate incident in Katsina State, two suspects accused of collaborating with bandits were arrested at Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa area and taken into custody for further action.
The military pledged to do its best to end the menace of criminal activities which have plagued Africa’s most populous country and caused unrest particularly in the northern regions.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation. We shall not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country.”
Banditry, kidnappings and other criminal activities are widespread in some north, north-western and central regions in Nigeria, including Zamfara and Katsina.
The security situation in these regions has resulted in the killings of thousands of people, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of others and the destruction of property of unknown value.