The troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in the Operation Sharan Daji against cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the North West have killed 12 cattle rustlers.
The troops also arrested and injured an unspecified number of the criminals.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. San Usman, said in an electronic mail on Saturday that the troops recovered 1031 cattle, 331 sheep, arms and ammunition from the criminals.
According to him, the soldiers also destroyed 13 of the camps belonging to the cattle rustlers in the ongoing operation in Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara and Katsina states.
“Troops of Operation Sharan Daji engaged in anti-cattle rustling, armed banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in various states of the North-western part of the country, have recorded yet major successes against rustlers, killing several of them, destroying their camps and recovered many livestock, arms and ammunitions,” he said
Usman said that the troops killed four of the rustlers, arrested three, injured 16, and destroyed seven camps belonging to them in the operation in Zamfara.
According to him, the troops also recovered 486 livestock, two matchetes, three AK-47 rifles and four AK 47 rifle magazines from the rustlers in the operation.
He stated also the troops killed five rustlers, arrested two of them and destroyed five camps in addition to recovering an AK-47 rifle, four locally manufactured guns, 12 machetes and 116 livestock from the rustlers in Katsina state.
He added that the troops killed two rustlers, arrested seven of them and destroyed six of the camps belonging to them in Kaduna State.
Items said to have been recovered from them in the Kaduna operation included ‘305 livestock, two locally made pistols, three bows and arrows and four machetes.’
The Acting Army Spokesman who said that the troops killed a cattle rustler, and their camps in the Doguwa Forest in Kano, added that 126 cattle, 331 sheep, 10 donkeys and three camels were recovered from the rustlers.
He said that the troops of the One Division of the Nigerian Army and other security operatives deployed in the affected states were involved in an ongoing operation to flush out kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other armed criminals from the area.