Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed nine suspected bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.
He noted that the bandits were killed by troops securing the Kaduna-Abuja Road general area during a gun battle that began on Monday night and lasted till the early hours of the next day.
According to Aruwan, the soldiers acted on intelligence that the bandits were attempting to cross over from the eastern part of the Kaduna-Abuja Road to the western part, with a large herd of rustled cattle. The herders whose cattle were rustled from the eastern part of the route alerted the military for immediate action.
The commissioner said the troops laid an ambush as the bandits walked into the killing zone.
According to him, the bandits were welcomed with a hail of bullets, leaving one of them dead while seven more died from ferocious gunshot wounds sustained in the ambush, as their bodies were mutilated.
Aruwan also disclosed that one empty magazine, two mobile phones, as well as sets of army camouflage and desert boots, among other items were recovered from the bandits.
At first light this morning, a further search revealed the corpse of one bandit, 16 dead cows and three wounded cows.
Furthermore, seven more bandits died from ferocious gunshot wounds sustained in the ambush, as their bodies were mutilated.
Troops, as of the time of this update, are still conducting vigorous search patrols in the general area.
In a separate feedback, troops and police this morning foiled another attempt by bandits to cross the Kaduna-Abuja highway with rustled cattle, this time around the Greenfield University.
The troops, guided by some local volunteers who pointed them in the direction of the bandits’ movement, engaged the criminals in a firefight. Sadly one of the local volunteers lost his life. One bandit’s corpse was found, along with several rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai on receiving the feedback congratulated the security agencies on the successful operations, and urged them to sustain the tempo in the ongoing offensives against bandits. He sent his condolences to the family of the volunteer who lost his life, and prayed for the repose of his soul.
The Governor also appealed to locals to always raise alarm in all cases and not only when they are directly affected, as banditry ultimately affects everyone.
Furthermore, locals in villages around Jakada-darabi, Gwanto, Kasarami, Kankomi, Chikwari and neighbouring locations in Chikun and Kajuru local government areas are enjoined to report any person found seeking medical attention for suspicious wounds.