Criminals operating in northwest Nigeria are fleeing from their strongholds following a fierce government military onslaught, an official said Tuesday.
Spokesperson for the Nigerian defense headquarters, John Agim, told reporters in Gasau, capital of Zamfara state, the criminals have been disorganized and on the run due to superior firepower of the joint security operation in the area.
He said several enclaves of the bandits are being destroyed by airstrikes, which killed some of the criminals, leading to the arrest of some criminals and the rescue of some victims.
Agim said a military operation launched in Zamfara has been expanded to cover the entire state and local government areas in neighboring Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Kaduna states.
The spokesman said 1,444 cows, 473 sheep, 11 camels, 14 donkeys, 56 rams and 293 goats were recovered from the bandits and handed to the state government to return to the rightful owners.
Two kidnapped persons were rescued, he added. Enditem