Zamfara State remains the most volatile area and the epicentre of armed banditry in the entire North-western States. However, series of raids, fighting patrols, clearance operations conducted by troops to contain the threat.
several bandits were either neutralized or captured with lots of ammunitions, Magazines, firearms and locally fabricated weapon also confiscated.
Recovery of Rustled Animals.
The crisis in Zamfara has been largely precipitated by endemic animal rustling. However, the trend has been reversed as a result of the activities of OPHD.
So far, several animals were recovered by troops and returned to their owners through the State Committee on the Recovery of Rustled Animals.
Directors of Defence Information said total of 3,567 cattle, 2,499 sheep, 973 goats, 15 camels and 14 donkeys were recovered since inception.
Reduction in Kidnapping Incidences.
Following the rigorous anti-kidnapping operations of OPHD, over 104 kidnapped victims were rescued at different times from bandit’s camps. Cases of kidnapping have also reduced significantly since the onslaught on the perpetrators
About 48 suspected kidnappers have also been arrested across the theatre.
Reduction in Cross-Border Crimes and collaboration with Niger Republic.
The joint effort of OPHD and Niger led to the capture of a kidnap kingpin (Mahamadu Issa) on 2 Apr 19.
OPHD has since strengthened the border security.
Stabilization of LGAs. The situation in almost all the LGAs was precarious before the launch of OPHD.
It was difficult to assess most remote parts of the communities. However, through concerted efforts, some of the LGAs have been cleared of bandits as people can now move freely to the remote communities without any threats to their lives. The LGAs that were hitherto unsafe but now safe include: Bungudu, Anka, Shinkafi, Talata Mafara, Gummi,Gusau and Bukkuyum.
There were threats by the bandits that no farming could take place in Zamfara while farmers were levied large sums of money before they could be allowed to farm. The measures put in place and the reassurances from troops on ground encouraged the farmers to go about their farming unmolested.
Road Clearance. The bandits in Zamfara state were having field days on the major roads, robbing unsuspecting travellers of valuable items even in broad-day light. Travels along many of the roads were restricted to few courageous persons that were ready to take risks. The situation has changed significantly as most of the highways linking Zamfara State, which hitherto were unsafe, have been cleared of bandits and are now safe for passage. They include Sinkafi – Isa, Zurmi-Jibia, and Gusau-Sokoto Roads. Although troops are not deployed along the roads, they conduct snap roadblocks based on credible intelligence from the IFC and other reliable sources. The free movement on these roads have flustered business activities in Zamfara and the neighbouring states. Efforts are being made to open other roads across the state.
h. Establishment of OPHD Call Room. In the quest to reach out to the people OPHD call room was established to breach the communication gap between the citizens and troops on ground. Citizens can now pass information of security significance to troops through mobile telephone numbers at any time and be assured of the responses by troops.
The caller is also after all, fed back on the outcome of the call or message.
The telephone numbers for public use are: 07032049649 (Call and WhatsApp), 09018001027, 08117424112, and 09092165455. These numbers have been circulated across the theatre for use of citizens to reach OPHD. The numbers are functional 24hrs.