Operatives of the Joint Security Task Force have killed 20 bandits and rescued five kidnap victims during a clearance operation in Gaskiya Bana, a border village between Niger and Kaduna States in Munya local government of Niger State.

The bandits were reported to be working for a notorious bandits Kingpin Alhaji Leyi who has his operational base at Gaskiya Bana.

Information available indicates that the kidnapped victims have been in the custody of the bandits for over one month. 

The clearance operation took place on December 1, 2022, at Gaskiya Bana, the operational base of a notorious bandits'kingpin Alhaji Leyi in Munya LGA.

The terrorists fled the base and abandoned herds of cattle believed to have been rustled around the axis upon sighting the operatives.

The Security Forces recovered large herds of cattle and proceeded towards Unguwan Aboki, another community terrorized by the terrorist, there they ran into an ambush but were able to repel, forcing the bandits to retreat and scamper into nearby vegetation and forest belt.

Nevertheless, the determined forces followed the bandits to another base around Katarma axis, where five (5) kidnap victims who were abducted for over a month at Chukun village of Kaduna State, were rescued," 

The rescued victims are:- Yakubu Ayuba, Susan Sunday, Patience Sunday, Lazarus John, and Bulus Yahaya. 

All the victims have been debriefed and since reunited with their families after medical examination.

Also, over 300 cattle were confiscation and also handed over to the State Government for onward process of delivery to their owners.


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