Nigerian Troops Kill Notorious Terrorist Leader Dogo Bangaje in Kaduna Operation

Troops of Operation Whirl Punch neutralized notorious bandit leader Dogo Bangaje and five associates in Kaduna State's Giwa Local Government Area. The operation recovered weapons, supplies, and destroyed a camp serving as a treatment center for wounded insurgents.

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Nigerian Troops Kill Notorious Terrorist Leader Dogo Bangaje in Kaduna Operation

Nigerian Troops Kill Notorious Terrorist Leader Dogo Bangaje in Kaduna Operation

In a significant blow to terrorist activities in Nigeria's North-West region, troops of Operation Whirl Punch have neutralized notorious bandit leader Dogo Bangaje and five of his associates during fighting patrols in Kaduna State's Giwa Local Government Area. The successful operation took place over the weekend of May 11-12, 2024, following credible intelligence on the presence of bandits in the area.

Why this matters: The elimination of Dogo Bangaje and his associates marks a crucial step in dismantling theterrorist network in Nigeria's North-West region, which has been plagued by violence and instability. This development could lead to improved security and stability in the region, ultimately benefiting the local population and the country as a whole.

The troops, acting swiftly on the intelligence, conducted special fighting patrols in Tumburku village and Sabon Sara, both located within Giwa LGA. Upon sighting bandits fleeing the area, the soldiers engaged them in hot pursuit, leading to a fierce exchange of fire. In the ensuing gun battle, two bandits were neutralized, and the troops recovered a range of items, including a motorcycle, a mobile phone, gas lighters, tobacco, assorted charms, and a polythene bag containing petrol.

In another leg of the operation at Basurfe village, southwest of Kindandan, the troops fought through an ambush laid by the bandits, forcing them to flee on motorcycles. The soldiers gave chase, neutralizing two more bandits in the process. Further exploitation of the area led to the discovery and destruction of a camp serving as a treatment center for wounded insurgents.

The camp yielded a significant cache of weapons and supplies, including two AK-47 rifles, one pump-action rifle, three magazines, 16 rounds of ammunition, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED), two radios, and one motorcycle. Additionally, the troops recovered cigarettes, drugs, and medical accessories from the location.

Confirming the operation's success, Samuel Aruwan, Overseeing Commissioner of Kaduna State's Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, stated, "One of the bandits neutralized in the operations was a notorious bandit leader Dogo Bangaje, who was eliminated alongside a close associate yet to be identified." Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State praised the troops under the leadership of GOC 1 Division and Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Major General MLD Saraso, for their remarkable breakthrough. "I congratulate them on the remarkable breakthrough," the Governor said, urging the security forces to "sustain the momentum towards flushing out criminal elements from the area."

The neutralization of Dogo Bangaje and his associates marks a significant milestone in the fight against banditry and terrorism in Nigeria's North-West region. As security forces continue their efforts to restore peace and stability, citizens are urged to report any suspicious persons seeking medical attention in the area to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room via the designated lines: 09034000060 and 08170189999.

Key Takeaways

  • Troops neutralize notorious bandit leader Dogo Bangaje and 5 associates in Kaduna State.
  • Operation Whirl Punch conducts fighting patrols in Giwa LGA, recovering weapons and supplies.
  • Bandits' treatment center destroyed, yielding AK-47 rifles, ammunition, and medical accessories.
  • Kaduna State Governor praises troops for remarkable breakthrough, urges sustained efforts.
  • Citizens urged to report suspicious persons seeking medical attention to Security Operations Room.