21 December 2020 By Ifeayin Osita
Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued thirty nine kidnapped Islamiya children mostly girls and recovered eight rustled cattle in Dandume Katsina State.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement explains that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with the Police and local vigilante deployed at Dandume LGA of Katsina State received a distress call at about 11:30 PM on 19 December 2020 from locals at Mahuta village that suspected bandits were moving with unconfirmed number of Islamiya children mostly girls and rustled cattle.
The statement explains that the children were returning from a Maulud programme at Unguwar Al- Kasim village at Dandume.
In reaction to the distress call, troops quickly mobilized to the scene, laid ambush and blocked bandits’ route along Daudawa-Kadisau road Sheme Mairuwa and Unguwar Audu village.
It states that while patiently waiting for the bandits at the strategic position, troops established contact with the bandits and engaged them.
According to the statement, during the fierce battle, troops superior fire power forced the bandits to abandon the children and the rustled cattle to flee in disarray into the forest.
It says the Troops thereafter, searched the general area and rescued the thirty nine kidnapped girls in addition to the recovery of eight rustled cattle.
The statement while noting that the victims have been reunited with their families and recovered cattle handed to the owners adds that troops have dominated the general area with aggressive patrol to forestall further occurrence.
It says the Military High Command commends the gallant troops and other security agencies for their sustained successes.
The statement equally appreciates the locals and vigilantes for the cooperation in tackling insecurity in Katsina State.