For working with bandits in recent killings and kidnappings in Zamfara state, troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested two traditional rulers.
According to a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, 16 suspected informants and errand men to the bandits were arrested alongside the village Heads of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau local government area of the state.
In the past few months, Zamfara has been faced with a series of killings and kidnappings by bandits, making the state insecure.
Their arrests came after troops on Operation Habin Kunama III encountered a group of well-armed bandits in Doka and Mutu villages on Saturday, April 20, 2019.
In a shootout that lasted for two hours, troops eventually overcame the bandits who deserted their camps and logistics.
According to Col. Musa, troops also encountered and killed six bandits during a shootout in the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages in Anka LGA., two AK-47 rifles and two motorcycles were recovered.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, recently accused traditional rulers in the state of frustrating the efforts of the Armed Forces in stopping the killings and warned against further collaboration with bandits.