Friday, June 28, 2019

29 bandits, two army officers, one policeman die in gun battle in Zamfara

No fewer than 29 bandits have been killed by operatives of Operation Hadarin Daji in an onslaught carried out by the troops in Moriki forest of Zamfara.

The Public Relations Officers of the operation, Lt. Oni Orisun confirmed this in Gusau on Thursday.

He said that the troops moved against the bandits after they failed to embrace the 24-hour ultimatum issued by the Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Jide Ogunlade for them to surrender and embrace peace.

“The Force Commander was clear and did not mince words when he said the operation will land heavily on them after the expiration of the ultimatum.

“The Moriki general area was professionally cordoned and offered no escape route which led to the bandits returning fire against our operatives.

“That action led to two soldiers and one mobile policeman paying the supreme price with their dear lives.

“The death of the three saddened all the operatives especially the Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Jide Ogunlade, who however expressed determination, confidence and ability of the operation to fully contain banditry in the state,” Orisun said.