Thirteen victims abducted from Mutunji village in Dansadau Emirate, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, have been rescued by Troops of the Joint Task Force North West Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD).
The Nigerian Army, in a statement on Monday, December 18, 2023, said troops also arrested 11 suspects who supply logistics to a notorious terrorist, Halilu Sububu.
"Troops of the Joint Task Force North West Operation HADARIN DAJI (OPHD) in their relentless efforts and intensified dry season continuous clearance and offensive operations in its Areas of Responsibilities have continued to yield positive results," the statement read.
"In the recent feat recorded the troops have successfully rescued 13 kidnapped victims and arrested 11 suspected terrorist logistics suppliers to a notorious terrorists kingpin in Zamfara state.
"On the 17th December, 2023 the combined troops of OPHD embarked on a search and rescue operation along Gobirawan Chali and Dangulbi areas along the Dansadau axis in Maru local government area of Zamfara State during which the troops rescued 13 kidnapped victims who were abandoned by the fleeing terrorists in the late hours of Sunday.
"All the rescued victims are all from Mutunji village of Dansadau Emirate in Maru LGA of Zamfara state and they are currently undergoing medical treatment and debriefing. All the rescued victims were handed over to representative of the Zamfara state government to unite them with their families.
"The resilient troops also cleared a notorious terrorists’ hideout at Gidan Jaja in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.
"Similarly, the OPHD troops arrested 11 suspected terrorists logistics suppliers who supply logistics to a notorious terrorist Halilu Sububu at Kwanar Boko in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara state.
“The suspects were arrested while conveying 127 bags of grains in 2 Canter trucks belonging to a Terrorists kingpin Halilu Sububu. However, the arrested suspects are undergoing preliminary interrogation.”