National Security

Police Kill 104 Terror Suspects In Zamfara, Destroy 50 Hideouts

104 terror suspects were killed by operatives of the Nigerian police during an attack on Mahanga forest in Birnin Mogaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

In a statement signed and circulated by the force spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja on Friday, the police said 50 hideouts in three camps belonging to the terror suspects were also destroyed.

Moshood said that over 500 cattle and 79 Sheep were recovered from them, adding that a policeman was killed during the operation.

He said that following the incessant attacks in the state, the Inspector- General of Police on Nov. 9, deployed a Police Joint Intervention Team of about 1,000 personnel comprising the seven Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Police Anti-Bomb (EOD) Squad and conventional policemen.

According to the spokesman, the team which was headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police has been mandated to arrest and prosecute terrorists, bandits, kidnap for ransom and cattle rustling gangs operating in parts of the State.

The police spokesman said so far they have arrested 85 suspects, recovered 27 AK-47 rifles and 52 locally fabricated rifles and other dangerous weapons, with 269 cattle, 109 sheep already handed over to their owners.

He added that to further consolidate on the successes achieved so far, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations was deployed by the Inspector General of Police on November 29, to coordinate the operation.

“Members of the public with any information or in distress in any part of Zamfara should call the following numbers 08037025670, 08033210966,08033312261,08123829666, 09053872244, 07082351758, 08091914752,“ he said.

The police is yet to state what their investigation suggests is the motivation of these forces terrorizing the peaceful residents of Zamfara State.