The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday said the Air Component of Operation Gama Aiki, on April 19, neutralised several armed bandits at Maguga in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
This was disclosed by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement in Abuja.
According to Enenche, the operation was conducted in support of Operation Thunder Strike and executed sequel to reports that some armed bandits, clad in black attires, were sighted along with large herd of rustled cattle in the area.
The statement reads in part: “Accordingly, the Air Component scrambled its aircraft to attack the location.
“Upon sighting the approaching attack aircraft, the armed bandits scampered to conceal themselves under nearby shrubs but were engaged with cannon fire which led to the neutralisation of several of them.
“The armed forces of Nigeria wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support.
“It also encourages the general public to continue providing useful information that will facilitate its operation to restore peace and security to all affected parts of the country.”