Law & JusticeNewsNigeriaArmy Recovers Over 706 Assorted Rifles From Bandits In North-West

The Commanding Officer, 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Uwem Bassey said some 706 assorted rifles recovered from bandits has been handed over to the National Centre for The Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons

General Bassey while briefing newsmen in Giginya Barrack, Sokoto on Monday said the recoveries were part of the ongoing clearance operation code-named “Operation Hadarin Daji”.

The operation which, according to him, covered Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Kebbi states, was meant to get rid of bandits and other criminal elements from these states as well as recover their weapons.

“We are making headway because we have cleared Bakura Hill, Gundumi forest and other bandits’ hideouts in Jibia among others.

“And today we’re handing over the weapons we recovered from those operations,” General Bassey said.

He explained the operation involved all armed Forces, Police and DSS, “and it was a continuous one because the enemies were mobile”.

The Commanding Officer solicited for credible information to enable troops to bring the menace to a stop.

He urged members of the media to always have national security at the back of their minds when reporting events.

“Because without the well-being of Nigeria, you cannot practice your profession,” he told them,” General Bassey said.

Receiving the recovered arms, the zonal Coordinator of the center in charge of the North-west zone, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Haruna, commended the operation for achieving the feat.

“This shows that the operation is a tremendous success.

“So we urge you to maintain the tempo,” he said.

AVM Haruna hoped to see an arms-free general election in 2023.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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