Alhaji Na Mata the Commander of a notorious group of bandits terrorizing communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger state, has reportedly surrendered himself and handed over three AK47 rifles to the Joint Security Taskforce in the Iburo general area of operation.
According to a source, the commander voluntarily turned himself in and surrendered the weapons after reportedly suffering devastating defeat in a recent encounter with the security taskforce.
The source said Alhaji Na Mata had carried out series of banditry attacks in Iburo and other communities before the security taskforce began operation some days ago.
The source said: “The Joint Security Task Force recorded this breakthrough at Iburo community during their operation in the area when the commander voluntarily surrendered himself and his weapons to the Joint Security Task Force. He decided to drop his weapons after two of his sons who were also members of his gang were killed during an encounter with the Joint Security Task Force.”
The Daily Vendor Newspaper also learnt that Na Mata’s group is the third most notorious groups in the area and was responsible for a number of bloody attacks on communities around Shiroro and Munya local government areas.
“After the killing of his two children during an operation by the Joint Security Task Force, he decided to repent and surrender his weapons (about three AK 47 riffles) to the security agents.”
It was learnt that Iburo community has remained the epicentre of banditry before the taskforce began operation in the area. And the ongoing operation by the Joint Security Task Force, comprising local hunters and vigilantes, as well as the conventional security agencies has continued to yield positive results with the killing of scores of bandits in the last one month.