Troops of 133 special forces battalion, 707 special forces brigade
Nigerian Army, on clearance operations of suspected armed bandits and
livestock rustlers in Niger state yesterday rescued a retired
assistant supritendent of police (ASP) and 3 women abducted by
suspected armed bandits.
It will be recalled that the police officer, ASP Bahago Ibrahim was
shot and whisked away by unknown heavily armed bandits at Mangodo
Village, Niger state, while the women were abducted from different
In a statement by the assistant director army public relations 707
special forces brigade, major Olabisi Ayeni, said, the troops who
acted on a tip off responded swiftly to rescue the victim from the
armed bandits who were also alleged to have stolen over 100 cows from
the village. During the pursuit, the troops entered into an ambush
laid by the armed bandits.
The troops fought their way out of the ambush by exchanging fire;
killing many of the bandits while few of them withdrew in disarray.
Unfortunately, 3 soldiers lost their lives and 3 others were wounded
during the encounter.
The troops succeeded in rescuing the retired police officer, Mrs.
Louisana Aliyu from Zazga, Mrs. Hadiza Auta from Gwanda and Mrs.
Jamila Idris from Sarkin Pawa town, Niger state. They have been
reunited with their family.
The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its reassured citizens and
residents of the affected villages that it will not relent in its
efforts to protect the law abiding citizens against all forms of
internal and external aggressions no matter the cost. It has also
encouraged citizens to report any form of irregularity and illegality
around them to the security agencies. ELANZANEWS.M