…recovers 40 cattle
By FOLUSHO ALADE, ABUJA
The Force Protection group of NAF 404 Kaduna has intercepted armed bandits’ rustling operation along Kauya-Tsamiya village in Kaduna state recovering about 40 cattle in the process.
According to a report contained in a statement signed by the Coordinator, Defence Media operations, MAJ GEN JOHN ENENCHE the operation was carried out in the early hours of Sunday, 21 June 2020, following reports that some cattle rustlers/armed bandits had raided the Fulani settlements adjacent to the Nigerian Air force Base.
The statement said in full: “Personnel of the 404 Force Protection Group (404 FPG) Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Kaduna have thwarted an armed bandits’ attack along Kwauya-Tsamiya Village axis in Kaduna State.
“This occurred in the early hours of Sunday, 21 June 2020, following reports that some cattle rustlers/armed bandits had raided the Fulani settlements adjacent to the NAF Base and seized some heads of cattle from some herders at gun point.
“ A Rapid Response Force (RRF) Team was immediately dispatched to pursue and recover the rustled cattle. The RRF Team, supported by NAF Special Forces deployed to Operation BADAMAMAKI, in conjunction with the local vigilantes, quickly located the bandits and engaged them in a fire fight causing them to retreat in multiple directions abandoning 40 cattle in the process. While there were no casualties to any civilian or NAF personnel in the encounter, some of the bandits managed to escape with gunshot wounds.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the personnel of 404 FPG for their dedication and professionalism and urges them to sustain their efforts to curb the activities of bandits and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country”, the statement concluded.