Published January 7, 2021
Maiharaji Altine , Gusau
The Nigerian Army and some community leaders in Dansandau Emirate of Maru LGA, Zamfara State , have differed over the claim that it ( Army ) had recorded a huge success in the fight against terrorism and kidnapping in the North -West .
While the Army claimed that it neutralised 220 bandits , rescued 642 kidnapped victims , foiled 167 banditry and 81 kidnapped attempts from June to December last year , the community leaders insisted that they had yet to see the impact of the military ’ s success against terror and kidnapping in the geo -political zone .
The acting Director Defence , Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, while briefing newsmen in Faskari Super Camp Four on Wednesday , added that apart from the killing of 220 bandits , 197 bandits ’ camps were also destroyed during the period under review .
Onyeuko who was represented by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator , Colonel Aminu Ilyasu , stated that 73 AK -47 rifles , 194 Dane guns and 53 , 200 ammunition were recovered.
He also recalled that 7 ,761 stolen cows and 1 , 876 sheep were recovered.
Onyeuko added that 335 suspected bandits , 326 illegal miners , 147 bandits ’ informants and collaborators , 14 bandits ’ arms suppliers , 24 rustled cattle marketers and 46 bandits ’ logistics suppliers were arrested .
But speaking with The PUNCH in a telephone interview, one of the community leaders in the area , Alhaji Nuhu Dansadau, said bandits were still terrorising the innocent people of the area . ”
Nuhu stated that the bandits were still going round the area , carrying AK -47 rifles even in the day time , adding that , “ the military operation did not make any meaningful impact, particularly in Kuyanbana forest . ”
He stressed that some villages like Jesa , Kalhu , Tasa, Gazamba , Yartsaba , Magamar -Danbata , Anguwar Doka , Kwangerawa and Maidoraiyi had been deserted by the people due to persistent attacks from the bandits .
“ As I am talking to you now , there are over 700 people who are waiting for vehicles to convey them to other places ,” Nuhu added .
Another community leader , Alhaji Ibrahim Tofa, said bandits were always going round and hunting for people to kidnap , lamenting that , “ despite the deployment of the military , the bandits are still attacking us. ”