The Nigerian Army has denied claims that four soldiers were killed on Thursday when bandits attacked a military base in Katsina State.
The Army in an official statement released on Saturday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima confirmed the clash between bandits and soldiers in Katsina on Thursday, but denied the killing of four soldiers during the clash.
Making reference to the earlier report by Daily Trust on the incident, the Army spokesperson denied the killing of four soldiers.
He explained that on sighting the troops, the bandits opened fire while attempting to escape but the troops during the encounter, killed four of the armed bandits, wounded many, and recovered weapons as well as other items from them including a motorcycle.
Yerima also regrettably confirmed that one soldier was killed during the clash.
The full statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication by DailyTrust Newspaper of 4 March 2021, claiming that unspecified number of soldiers were feared killed in attack on military post in Marina, Safana LGA of Katsina State.”
“The report is false and unsubstantiated and therefore should be disregarded by members of the public, as it does not represent the facts of the incident.”
“To set the record straight, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI while conducting clearance operation against armed bandits and other criminal elements on 4 Match 2021, engaged and successfully neutralized 4 armed bandits, captured arms and motorcycle during an encounter with the armed bandits in Marina village in Safana LGA of Katsina State.
“The unconfirmed number of armed men with unspecified number of rustled cattles were sighted and intercepted along Batsari-Runka road. However, in an attempt to escape from the troops onslaught, the bandits sporadically fired at troops direction but the gallant troops responded with superior firepower followed by a hot pursuit thereby forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray.”
“During the encounter, 4 armed bandits were neutralized while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds.”
“The troops also captured 2 AK-47 rifles and one motorcycle belonging to the bandits.”
“Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme sacrifice during the encounter. Troops have dominated general area and are trailing the escaping bandits.”
“The gallant troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have been commended for the successes achieved and their commitment so far.”
They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the North West zone is rid of all criminal activities. Additionally, the good people of the North West are once more assured of the troops’ commitment to safety of lives and properties within the zone.”
“They are also encouraged to avail the troops with timely and credible Information that could assist in the success of their operations.”
Meanwhile, gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) quarters in Kaduna, abducting about nine persons.
Naija News reports that the bandits accessed the quarters through the airport runway at about 12.30 am on Saturday, abducting nine people including a whole family of six, a housewife, and her two children.
It was gathered that the incident lasted for hours as military personnel engaged the bandits, but sadly the attackers had their way.
According to TVC News, the bandits later went away on motorcycles with their abductees.
Source: Naija News