Yauri College Attack: Troops, Vigilantes ‘butcher’ fleeing bandits in night raids at Niger, Kebbi forests – Report

…As Retired Military Officers Provide Supports in their Localities

Scores of armed bandits yesterday butchered, and injured after personnel with supports of ‘Yansakai’ Vigilantes raided their enclaves in forests and villages between Niger and Kebbi States.

also learnt that some leaders of bandits also arrested, in the Thursday evening ‘brutal’ operation in their enclaves at Uddu, Rijau, Sabon Gari Ushe, and Warari communities.

The raid is coming after armed bandits abducted and students at Federal Government College (FGC), Yauri in .

The reinforcement officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Police Force with the supports of the local vigilantes in the pursuit of abductors led to the elimination of many bandits and their rustled cows at different routes.

gathered that the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform of a Nigerian (NAF) which detected the bandits’ enclaves, facilitated the smooth coordination of the troops’ operations.

“It was after the ISR mission that the combined troops stormed the forests with supports of large numbers of local vigilantes known as Yansakai. The bandits failed in their attempt to ward off the troop’s attack. Many of them butchered, while many of others fled with serious injuries and wounds,” a military source said.

According to the source, it was the efforts of some retired military officers, who supplied discreet intelligence to the joint troops, that led to the neutralization of many of the fleeing bandits mostly in Yauri and Zuru axis of .

He said: “For a while now, the ex-military officers have been providing information to various agencies on bandits’ movements and activities in Yauri and Zuru towns. This has fostered inter-agency cooperation and aided the planning of operations against bandits as of ‘Yankasai’ volunteers are retired soldiers and personnel.

“The generals’ efforts have disorganized the bandits and their evil missions, hence they may now find it difficult to be moving in a battalion to attack communities.”

asked about the fate of the kidnapped and students of Yauri College, the source said he was not authorised to divulge the information on that for a strategic reason.