In the heart of Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a region plagued by the menace of kidnapping and cattle rustling, a remarkable story of courage and determination unfolds. Troops of the Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji have recently achieved an astonishing feat by rescuing 17 kidnapped victims and recovering a substantial number of rustled cattle. This heroic operation, which took place on 14th September 2023, represents a significant triumph over adversity.
Responding to a Distress Call
The successful rescue mission was initiated in response to a distress call received by the Joint troops of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) in Zamfara state. The call for help came from the victims of kidnapping, who found themselves in a dire situation, held captive by ruthless criminals.
A Foiled Kidnapping Attempt
The operation commenced with the thwarting of a kidnapping attempt. In Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara state, troops intercepted a commercial vehicle carrying food supplies, successfully rescuing two victims. This bold move by the troops reflects their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and well-being of the people they serve.
Liberation from Dangajeru Forest
In another remarkable development, ground troops deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Danjigba conducted a routine patrol that led to the rescue of three additional kidnapped victims. These individuals had been abducted from their farmlands and were being held captive in the infamous Dangajeru forest. Thanks to the intensified clearance operation carried out by the dedicated troops, these victims found an opportunity to escape and regain their freedom.
Eight Weeks of Captivity
On 13th September 2023, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji intercepted and rescued eight kidnapped victims at Baggega. Shockingly, these individuals had endured eight weeks of captivity in the treacherous Gando forest. Their escape became possible due to the recent offensive operation and the constant patrolling efforts along the forest’s fringes.
Foiling Cattle Rustling
The troops of Operation Hadarin Daji are not only focused on rescuing kidnapped victims but also on putting an end to the scourge of cattle rustling that has plagued the region. On 12th September 2023, acting on intelligence reports regarding the movement of a large number of rustled animals by bandits around Tsamiyar Gezozi in Anka LGA of Zamfara state, the troops swiftly sprang into action.
A Swift Response
The troops engaged the bandits with superior firepower, compelling them to flee the scene and abandon over 130 rustled animals. This decisive action not only saved valuable livestock but also struck a significant blow against the criminal networks responsible for such heinous activities.
All the kidnapped victims who were successfully rescued have been joyfully reunited with their families. The emotional reunions serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of the tireless efforts made by Operation Hadarin Daji in ensuring the safety and security of the people of Zamfara state.
Restoring Stolen Cattle
The recovered cattle, a symbol of livelihood and sustenance for many, have been handed over to the Zamfara state committee on recovered cattle. This will ensure that the rightful owners receive their precious assets back, allowing them to rebuild their lives.
A Week of Triumph
Within the week spanning from 11th to 15th September 2023, Operation Hadarin Daji achieved remarkable results. The troops foiled two kidnapping attempts, rescued 17 victims, and recovered 130 cattle. These achievements stand as a testament to the unwavering dedication and bravery of the troops.
Commendation and Encouragement
Major General Godwin Mutkut, the Commander of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Nigerian Army, has commended the troops for their relentless efforts and unwavering commitment to rescuing the victims. He emphasized the need for the troops to remain vigilant and proactive, continuously denying the criminals the freedom to operate.
A Promise to the People
General Mutkut assured the people of Zamfara state that Operation Hadarin Daji would maintain its intensity and patrols in its Areas of Responsibility. He further urged the community to continue providing timely information to the troops, emphasizing the vital role of cooperation between the military and the local population.
In conclusion, the heroic efforts of the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara state have not only brought hope to the victims of kidnapping and cattle rustling but have also demonstrated the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian military to the safety and security of its citizens. This operation serves as a shining example of bravery and resilience in the face of adversity.