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40 cattle recovered as troops thwarts bandits’ rustling operation in Kaduna

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

Personnel of the 404 Force Protection Group (404 FPG) Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Kaduna have thwarted an armed bandits’ attack along Kwauya-Tsamiya Village axis in Kaduna State.

This operation was conducted in the early hours of Sunday, 21 June 2020.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator Defence Media Operations in a statement released to News Headquarter said, the operation was conducted following reports that some cattle rustlers/armed bandits had raided the Fulani settlements adjacent to the NAF Base and seized some heads of cattle from some herders at gun point.

Enenche said, “a Rapid Response Force (RRF) Team was immediately dispatched to pursue and recover the rustled cattle.

“The RRF Team, supported by NAF Special Forces deployed to Operation Badamamaki, in conjunction with the local vigilantes, quickly located the bandits and engaged them in a firefight causing them to retreat in multiple directions abandoning 40 cattle in the process.

“While there were no casualties to any civilian or NAF personnel in the encounter, some of the bandits managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the personnel of 404 FPG for their dedication and professionalism and urges them to sustain their efforts to curb the activities of bandits and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country”, Enenche stated.

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