The Nigerian Army has confirmed the elimination of notorious bandit leader, Isiya Danwasa and his cohort by troops, in Kaduna State.
Danwasa is responsible for several killings, kidnappings and cattle rustling operations across the state.
Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Musa Yahaya, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, said Danwasa's errand boy was trailed and picked up by soldiers after he was sent to buy arms in Kaduna town.
“Following a tip off from human intelligence source, troops of operation Forest Sanity under 1 Division Nigerian Army has ambushed and neutralised a notorious bandit leader, Isiya Danwasa and his cohort,” the statement read.
"This was following an Intelligence which revealed that the bandit leader intended to send his errand boy Yunusa to purchase some arms and ammunition in Kaduna town,”
Subsequently, the errand boy was trailed and picked up by plain cloth soldiers and later used to lure two of the bandits leaders to a selected ammunition collection point. Upon their arrival, troops who had laid an ambush engaged the criminals with superior firepower and neutralised the two bandit leaders.
"Items recovered from the criminal elements include one motorcycle(destroyed institu), two AK 47 rifles, six AK 47 magazines, quantity two hundred and fifty rounds of 7.62 mm special, one power bank, two charm vest and the sum of two hundred thousand naira
"The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Joint Task Force Operation Whirl Punch Major General Taoreed Lagbaja has commended the troops for their professional conduct and perfect execution of task
“He further charged the troops to go after all bandits and show them no mercy. Again, the GOC appealed to the general public to continue to avail the troops and other security agencies with credible and actionable information so as to bring banditry, kidnapping and other crimes to a lasting end.”