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Troops have killed two suspected cattle rustlers and arrested four suspects in the Kaduna and Zamfara states, the Nigerian Army said.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Monday, August 29, that the bandits were killed during operations by the troops of 1 Division to clear cattle rustlers and bandit camps.
Usman said the troops recovered a revolver and six locally fabricated 9mm rounds of ammunition from one of the dead bandits.
He also said that troops in Zamfara cleared two bandits’ camps, recovered 209 cows, 1, 062 goats and sheep at Dumburum forest general area of Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
He said the suspects were arrested in Mararabar Jos, Igabi and Kubau Local Government Areas of Kaduna and along the road that linked Kaduna and Katsina States through Birnin Gwari-Funtua.
Usman said two of the suspects had paraded themselves as members of a non-existent vigilante group harassing and extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public.
He gave their names as Hamza Hare and Sani Abdul-Aziz, adding that they posed as liaison officers to security officers to dupe people.
Usman said the other suspect, a “notorious bandit”, had terrorised the public, especially along the road that linked Kaduna and Katsina states through Birnin Gwari-Funtua.
Usman said the suspect, simply known as Mohammed and popularly called “Abedariwa” had confessed to the crime and gave graphic details of his deadly acts.
He said the suspect also promised to cooperate fully with the military to fish out other criminal elements in the society.