Operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command have arrested one Isiyaku Babangida, a wanted terrorist, during the raid of a terror camp in Gima Village of Zamfara State in Northwest Nigeria on Friday, Sept. 9.
Two AK47 rifles, two locally made guns, and 236 7.62mm rounds of live ammunition were recovered at the scene.
In what it described as an “anti banditry patrol,” the police first foiled an attack on some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas (LGAs) led by a notorious terror leader, Alhaji Bello, at about 5:30 after being alerted by residents.
According to Mohammed Shehu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Zamfara Command said, “following the receipt of the complaints [by residents], the Police operatives swung into action and moved to the nearby bandit’s enclaves that led to a serious gun battle between the bandits and the Police operatives.”
The PPRO said the police successfully dislodged the terrorists at their enclaves, a situation that forced them to flee with possible gunshot wounds.
In Babangida’s confessions during police interrogations, “the suspect explained how he and his other group members that bear Ak 47 rifles invaded several villages in Anka, Bukkuyum, Gummi, rustled an unspecified number of cattle and kidnapped many innocent people and kept them in captivity until their relations paid ransom,” Shehu said.
Garba, a farmer resident in Gima village, told HumAngle that they reported the impending attack to the Police Station at Anka shortly after receiving information about it.
“One of them [terrorist] told their farmhand that they will be in Gima, Manya, and Waramu villages to launch an attack on us just because we refused to farm for them,” Garba disclosed.
Zamfara and surrounding states in northwest Nigeria remain under siege by multiple armed groups killing, maiming, kidnapping, and looting impoverished communities unabated for several years.
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