Nigerian Army murder 29 bandits in Zamfara after 1-day ultimatum

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Nigerian Army murder 29 bandits in Zamfara after 1-day ultimatum

Nigerian Army murder 29 bandits in Zamfara after 1-day ultimatum

Not less than 29 bandits were murdered by the operatives of Operation Hadarin Daji during an encounter with the troops in Moriki forest of Zamfara.

Lieutenant Oni Orisun, who is the public relations officer of the operation, made the confirmation in Gusau the Zamfara State capital.

He explained that the troops went against the bandits after they had failed to embrace the 24-hour deadline issued to them by the Commander of the force, Major General Jide Ogunlade for them to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

General Ogundele stated: “The Commander of the Force was very clear about the warning when he said that the operation will come heavily on the bandits after the given expiration of the ultimatum.

“The Moriki area was properly and professionally surrounded, which gave no escape route, leading to the bandits exchanging fire against our men.

“The action resulted to two brave soldiers and one policeman paying the price with their lives.

Maj. Gen. Jide Ogunlade who was saddened by the death of these men, however expressed more determination, confidence and also ability of the operation to fully eradicate banditry in the state,” Orisun said.

An eyewitness to the whole operation who gave his identity as Mallam Lawali Moriki during an interview, said that they saw a lot of movement by security men more than usual these recent days.

Moriki stated: “Followed was a heavy gun battle from all parts of the bushes in our locality and we have also witnessed so many remains/dead bodies of the bandits being packed in security vehicles.”

It would be recalled that Ogunlade on Tuesday, June 25th, gave a 24-hour ultimatum to bandits during a news conference at the command headquarters of the force in Gusau, Zamfara state, to either surrender or face “unprecedented fire-fight”.

Nigerian Army murder 29 bandits in Zamfara after 1-day ultimatum

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