BY ABDALAH EL-KUREBE
SOKOTO — MEN and officers of the Military, Police and Department of State Security in Sokoto, Wednesday struck at an estate at Bado village, killing unspecified number of people they described as “adversaries.”
Led by the trio of Brigade Commander, Brigadier-General Mohammed Ibrahim; Commissioner of Police, Shuaibu Gambo and Director of Department of Security Service, Jibrin Danmallam, the operation was as a result of a five-day surveillance on the estate.
Vanguard gathered that the operation, which started at 12am, Tuesday night ended by 6am, yesterday.
Briefing newsmen after the house was brought down, Brigadier-General Ibrahim said the operation started on Wednesday, where a team of Army, Police and Department of Security Services, as well as Air Force, embarked on the assault.
Ibrahim said: “On a tip off from intelligence services, we were able to track down the location of the threat and quickly carried out a raid. No sooner than the operation took place the Soldiers came under direct fire, including heavy firing from Rocket Propelled Grenades, RPG”.
According to Ibrahim, the security operatives combed the area “and in the process, four of the adversaries were killed and the following were recovered: one sub-machine guns, three service rifles, three empty magazines, two revolver gun, two pistols, two empty magazines of pistols, two AK47 assault rifles, four cartridges, 400 RPG tubes, seven additional tubes, one RPG charger, 122 (5.62mm) ammunition calibre, 445 (7.62) special ammunition and 13 pistol RAM 9mm.”
Other items according to Brigadier General Ibrahim, “are: 10 handsets, half bag of fertiliser, one HP laptop, two GPS, one number plate, Keystone Bank deposit slip of N3.3 million and one suspected Improvised Explosive Device, IED, container, two Toyota Starlet, one of which we suspect was used in the robbery last week here in Sokoto, among others.
“The casualties are with us and we intend to hand them over to the respective bodies that will handle them,” he confirmed adding, “though Sokoto may be peaceful, it is still considered by some to be haven to perpetrate crime”.
. Therefore, it is instructive that all and sundry give the security agencies maximum cooperation as this is not just a battle for the security forces.”