PHOTOS: Are These Zamfara Bandits With Funny Guns 'Science Students'?
Bandits in northern Nigeria are now making their own guns.
Again, the Nigerian Army has made a find that underpins the role drug addiction play in the increasing rate of crime in some parts of Nigeria.
Last year, the number of bottles of syrup with sweet codeine taken in the northern part of Nigeria became an issue that rose to the Senate.
Bounce News reported that Shayi-Shayi Gang was increasing disciples, with the BBC showing a sorry state of some persons that sweet codeine was dragging to chains.
That report compelled the government to ban importation of drugs with codeine, but that was when the spirit of invention jumped into the gang of science students.
Between 22 and 29 of January, troops of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD), making efforts to contain the activities of bandits in Zamfara and neighbouring states, showed how diverse substances propelling the banditry was.
Drugs of different kinds including the ones they smoke (Indian hemp) were recovered from some bandits in their enclaves in Zamfara and Katsina State.
A statement was released on Tuesday by the spokesman for Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade, showing the drugs and some weapons that were recovered.
Giving an update on the exploits of the troops in the states, he said: "The operation is being conducted simultaneously in collaboration with all security agencies and local vigilantes’ to achieve synergy.
"The current offensive is designed to identify and destroy bandits’ camps/enclaves in the area of operation. This press brief covers the period from 22 - 29 January 2019.
"The operation has recorded some successes.
"On 22 January 2019, troops on clearance operation in Gando Forest came into contact with a large gang of bandits armed with sophisticated firearms and Rocket Propelled Grenades leading to fierce gun battles which lasted several hours".
According to him, the bandits were forced to abandon their camps due to superior firepower during these encounters.
He said troops also made contact with bandits operating in Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and some isolated villages in Maru LGA of Zamfara State.
In Katsina, troops of OPSD made contact with bandits at different locations around Safana, Runka, Kukan Sama between 25 – 28 January 2019.
Images of items recovered from the bandits were also shared by the Nigerian Army on its Facebook page with two funny looking guns, apparently made by the bandits.
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In the list were one single Barrel gun, two locally made pistols, 20 Cartridges of Double barrel bullets, 60 Rounds of 7.62mm special.e., one AK 47 Magazine containing 18 Rounds of 7.62mm special, two Dane Guns and four Motorcycles.
"The casualty figures on the bandits’ side during this
encounters is 21 bandits neutralised, while 17 were captured alive. Troops also
destroyed some of their camps and rescued 89 kidnapped victims held in some of
"It is worthy to note that out of 89 freed kidnapped victims, 55 of them were held captives in Bukkuyum LGA in Zamfara State.
"The freed captives who were mostly from local communities in Zamfara State they were debriefed and reunited with their families.
"Similarly, two bandits’ informants Musa Amadu and Auwalu Mutairu were arrested at Danfumi village in Birnin Magaji and are currently assisting troops with intelligence," Major Abiade added.
Eleven civilians and one vigilante were killed by bandits during the period in focus.
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