Army arrests wanted bandit, kidnapper on Kaduna-Abuja road


The Nigerian Army confirmed that troops from the 1 Division in Kaduna State arrested a notorious and wanted leader of an armed banditry, Sani Ibrahim, alias “Burtu”, on the Kaduna-Abuja road on Wednesday.

Brig. -Gen. Sani Usman, Director of Army Public Relations, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday said, the suspect was picked up when the troops cordoned “armed bandits’ camp at Rijana forest.”

According to Usman, Ibrahim has been on the wanted list of the security agencies in Kaduna State for a long time.

Below is the full statement:

Due to the disturbing resurgence of armed banditry and kidnappings along Abuja-Kaduna road, troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army have carried out clearance operation at Rijana forest, Kaduna State on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

The troops cordoned armed bandits' camp at Rijana forest where they arrested the suspected notorious gang leader, Sani Ibrahim (alias Burtu), who has been on the declared wanted list of the Security Agencies in Kaduna State for a long time. The troops also recovered 1 motorcycle and 25 goats from the camp.

Similarly, troops mounted ambush along Zamfara State border with Kebbi State in which they neutralized 3 armed bandits and recovered 134 cows and 13 sheep. The operations are ongoing.

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