Defence & Security

Troops clear bandit’s camp, arrest suspects, recover explosive materials

By Paul Michael

Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have cleared a camp belonging to a notorious leader of bandits, Lawal Kwalba, in Rafin Dawa in the Dende general area of Chikun local government, Kaduna State.

The troops also arrested some suspects during the operation and recovered some batteries and 27 bags of fertilizer, suspected to be items for the production of explosives.

Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the State, made the disclosure while giving a security update on Thursday 18th August 2022.

According to Aruwan, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity carried out the operation following actionable intelligence.

He said, “Troops have made further inroads in the ongoing campaign against terrorists and armed bandits across the state.

“The troops cleared the camp of a notorious bandit, Lawal Kwalba, in Rafin Dawa in the Dende general area of Chikun local government.

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“According to the operational feedback, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity conducted a patrol to the location following actionable intelligence.

“The troops after clearing the camp recovered some batteries and 27 bags of fertilizer. These materials indicate likely plans to manufacture Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), considering the bandits’ close alliance with terrorists.”

He further disclosed that one motorcycle and two mobile phones were recovered as the bandits took to their heels before the troops’ arrival.

“The troops extended the search a short distance from the camp and made some arrests. Investigations are ongoing on the intercepted suspects,” he added.

Aruwan said the Kaduna State Government received the report with satisfaction, and praised the sustained efforts by officers and men carrying out the operations.

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