Nigerian army troops cleared out the camps of bandits and rescued 10 hostages who were found in chains during clearance operations carried out in Chikun and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna State.
The State Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs, who disclosed in a statement on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, said the hostages were discovered after troops dislodged a location known as ” Daban Lawal Kwalba” in Igabi and overpowered heavily armed bandits guarding them. .
Aruwan further said that the troops neutralized several bandits during clearance operations in the two LGAs.
“Operation Forest Sanity troops neutralized several bandits and dislodged camps during clearance operations carried out in some hard-to-reach places covering Chikun and Igabi LGAs,” the statement said.
“As reported in operational feedback, troops neutralized an unknown number of bandits while clearing insurgent and bandit camps at Apewohe in Chikun LGA.
“The operation extended to Dakwala and Kunai hills in the same LGA, where other hiding places were cleared, although no contact was made with bandits.
“Another camp was also dislodged at a place known as ‘Daban Lawal Kwalba’ in Igabi LGA, after troops overpowered heavily armed bandits guarding hostages.
“Troops after eliminating the bandits stormed the hideouts and rescued ten kidnapped people who were chained and bound with ropes. The attached pictures depict the dire situation in which the hostages were found.
The troops released the hostages, who were identified as: Surajo Aliyu, Ayuba Yakubu, Ibrahim Abdulrasheed, Aliyu Mohammed, Magaji Tasiu, Nasiru Ahmed, Mohammadu lbrahim, Ayuba Abdulsalam, Kelvin Musa and Paul Patrick.
“Troops who came under renewed attack in the thick forest managed to evacuate the hostages to a military installation where they are receiving medical treatment before being reunited with their families,” the commissioner said.
In addition, a camp was cleared in Rafin Gwaska, Igabi LGA, where the following items were recovered, among other effects: three locally made rifles, one AK-47 magazine, one AK-47 top cover, four radio magazines Bafoeng, eleven cell phones, three music boxes, two sets of military uniforms, a frag jacket, keys, knives and chains.
“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i took note of the report with satisfaction and thanked the troops for rescuing the ten citizens. The Governor commended the troops for the relentless spirit displayed in ongoing operations and encouraged them to sustain these efforts until final victory.
“Citizens are strongly discouraged from harboring or providing medical aid to suspicious individuals with what may be gunshot wounds. Such cases should be immediately reported to the Security Operations Room on lines 09034000060 and 08170189999 .” he added.