The Defence Headquarters has said that Troops of the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIKI have killed several armed bandits at Kasuwan Ango Community in Mariga Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State.
Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, in a statement on Tuesday, also disclosed that the operation led to the arrest of two foreigners in the state.
Enenche explained that the operations were conducted on the night of Sunday and the early hours of Monday sequel to credible intelligence reports.
He said: “Strikes executed by the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIKI at Kasuwan Ango Community in Mariga Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State have resulted in the disruption of the activities of a group of armed bandits operating in the area.
The successful air operations were conducted on the night of 28 and the early hours of 29 June 2020 sequel to credible intelligence reports indicating that some armed bandits in black attire were seen on the move with a large number of rustled cattle in the area.
“Accordingly, the Air Component dispatched a helicopter gunship to engage the bandits in multiple waves of attack leading to the neutralization of some of the bandits, while a few escaped with gunshot wounds. Two of the escaping bandits, who happened to be foreigners, were later apprehended.
“While commending the Operation GAMA AIKI Air Component for their dedication and professionalism, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support and encourages the general public to continue providing useful information that would facilitate the restoration of peace and security to all affected parts of the country.”