Troops of the “Operation Sharan Daji” in Zamfara have arrested the Vice Chairman of Anka Local Government of the state, Yahuza Wuya, for alleged link to bandits.
The Acting Information Officer of the operation, Clement Abiade, confirmed the arrest of Mr Wuya in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja Thursday.
Mr Abiade said the council vice chairman was picked up on April 13 based on credible intelligence linking him to bandits’ activities in Wuya and Sunke communities.
He alleged that Mr Wuya “seamlessly assists in selling rustled/stolen cows and donkeys as well as giving information about troops, other security agencies and vigilantes’ movement to the bandits.’’
The acting information officer also alleged that the suspect aided “the release of a notorious gun runner (Sani Yaro) from the Gusau prison.’’
In another related development, Mr Abiade said troops arrested two suspected informants along Burukusuma-Sabon Birni road in Sokoto State.
He named them as Ibrahim Bangaje and Ado Bayero.
Mr Abiade said that they would be handed over to relevant security agency for possible prosecution after the initial investigation.
Meanwhile, the Force Commander, Operation Sharan Daji, Hakeem Otiki, has restated the commitment of troops toward enduring peace in Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto states.
Mr Otiki, a major general and GOC 8 Division Sokoto, appealed to the public to support the operation by reporting suspicious activities and movement of bandits to the nearest security agencies for prompt action.