Troops of operation forest sanity under One Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, have ambushed and successfully neutralised two bandit leaders, as well as seized their arms, ammunition and other equipment, following a tip off.
In a statement, the acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Officer, one division, Lt Colonel Musa Yahaya said 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 before they were arrested.
It explained that the errand boy was trailed and picked up by plain-clothed soldiers and later used to lure two of the bandit leaders to a selected ammunition collection point, whereupon troops who had laid ambush engaged the criminals with superior firepower and neutralised the two bandit leaders.
The GOC one division and force commander, joint task force, operation whirl punch, Major-General Taoreed Lagbaja commended the troops for their professional conduct and perfect execution of the task, and charged them to go after the bandits and show them no mercy.
Items recovered from the criminals include one destroyed motorcycle, two AK47 rifles, six AK47 magazines, one power-bank, two charm vests and the sum of N200,000.
Writing by Usman Sani; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade, Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor