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  • Updated: February 26, 2024

Insecurity: Troops kill notorious bandit warlords Baldo, Baban Yara

Insecurity: Troops kill notorious bandit warlords Baldo, Bab

The Nigerian military has killed two known bandit leaders who were coordinating the movement and exchange of kidnapped victims within camps in the Zamfara/Katsina axis.

Baldo and Baban Yara, the bandit leaders, were killed on Saturday in a violent military operation by troops along the Zamfara/Katsina axis.

A source in the defence intelligence community verified the development of PR Nigeria.

"Our troops engaged the terrorists at Aliero West axis and succeeded in killing the two bandit kingpins and 28 of their foot soldiers. Lately, our troops have intensified their aggressive operation in the North West and are pounding terrorists heavily.

“We want to rid the region of criminal elements so that farmers can carry out their agricultural activities without delay,” said a military intelligence operative.

Speaking further, a local insider embedded with the military as a security volunteer stated that the operation was a success, with all of the criminals dead.

The insider stated that if the army maintained its pace, farmers would be free to return to their farms.

“The military worked on the intelligence in ambushing and eliminating the warlords and their followers mostly riding on motorcycles.

“If this operation is sustained, our farmers will surely return to the farms while, hopefully, we will have a peaceful Ramadan period of fasting, which is just around the corner,” the source said.

In a related report, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says troops eliminated at least 286 terrorists, apprehended 244 others and rescued 122 kidnapped hostages in different theatres of operation across the country in the last week.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the director of defence media operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba made this known while giving an update on the armed forces operations on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the troops also apprehended 83 perpetrators of oil theft and denied the oil thieves the estimated sum of N2.5 billion during the week under review.

He added that the troops recovered 587 assorted weapons and 7,943 assorted ammunition, comprising 207 AK47 rifles, 56 locally fabricated guns, 17 pump action guns, 10 locally fabricated pistols, 22 Dane guns, and 10 IEDs, among others.

Other items recovered are 4,088 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,529 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 138 rounds of 9mm ammo, and 32 motorcycles.

Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 70 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, arrested 31 others and rescued 27 kidnapped hostages in the North-East.

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