Troops of 223 Light Tank Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Gusau have destroyed two more criminal hideouts at Dumburum forest in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.
The Commander of the battalion, Col. Aliyu Adamu, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Gusau on Friday.
Adamu said: “Troops from the battalion destroyed two bandits’ hideouts in Dumburum forest of Zurmi Local Government Area in the early hours of Thursday’’.
He said intelligence indicated the hideouts were headed by “two notorious gang leaders’’, Manu Wargaji and Bush.
Adamu explained that having sensed the approach of the troops to their hideouts, the bandits fled, leaving behind most of their belongings and 1, 355 animals.
He said the animals recovered included 293 cows, 876 sheep and 186 goats.
The commander also said two motorcycles, a pair each of police uniform and army desert uniform, cutlasses and two voters’ cards belonging to Maisamari Isa were recovered.
According to him, clearance patrol is continuing in all the bushes of the state by the troops in order to flush out all criminal gangs and recover stolen property.
Troops have in recent weeks cleared hideouts of criminals in different theatres of operation across the north west, north east and the southern parts of the country.
In a similar fashion, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets have reported cleared more Boko Haram camps in northern Borno, killing scores of insurgents and destroying a number of the group’s logistic bases.
Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa had in a recent statement said that NAF fighter jets had also foiled an attempt by the insurgents to attack a nearby military temporary harbour in northern Borno.
NAN recalls that ground troops supported by air force jets have in recent operations severely dealt with criminal gangs and bandits operating in different locations across the country