By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The Nigeria Army under the Operation Sahel Sanity recovered 711 cows
and 592 sheep during from July 6 to July 11 in three North West
states, an official said on Sunday.

The Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard
Onyeuko, made this known at a press briefing at the Special Army Super
Camp in Faskari, Katsina.

Onyeuko noted that the Chief of Army Staff flagged-off the campaign on
July 6 to root out armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and
other criminal elements from Morth West.

He said that the cows and sheep were recovered in Sokoto, Zamfara and
Katsina states.

He said that on July 7, following intelligence reports, the army
mobilised troops to Magira, Makwaruwa, Garin Damo, Kasale Made, Dadin
Kowa, Gangara and Shadama in Sabon Birni and Isa LGAs of Sokoto State,
and pursued armed bandits who exchanged fire with them.

He said that army troops intercepted the bandits with a large number
of rustled cattle from Jangemi Village forest to Kwaren Ganuwa, adding
that the bandits fled toward Munhaye Forest.

According to him, the troops recovered 250 cows and 150 rams from them.

Similarly on July 8, the troops arrested one Malam Halilu Ibrahim, a
suspected bandit informant and seller of rustled cattle, who was about
to display some stolen cows for sale, according to Onyeuko.

The official told journalists that the suspect confessed that the
cattle belonged to a notorious bandit leader.

He added that a total of 18 cows were recovered from him and duly
handed over to their owners.

He also said that on July 9, following a tip-off on the activities of
armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Ruwan Dawa in Maradun area in
Zamfara, the troops recovered 14 cows.

The official called on members of the public to continue to support
the army and other security agencies with intelligence information to
facilitate their operations. (NAN)

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