The Nigerian Airforce-NAF says the Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch has neutralised scores of terrorists including the dreaded terrorist and kidnap kingpin, Yellow Jambros last Wednesday in Niger State.
The terrorists were said to have met their end while attempting to cross Jikudna River in Galadima Kogo District, while heading towards Wurukuvhi axis of Chikun LGA in Kaduna State.
According to a statement by Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet says Yellow Jambros and his cohort have been responsible for several kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna Road and in several communities in Kaduna, Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States.
In October 2020, a kidnapped kingpin known as Mohammed Sani, arrested by the Police in Zamfara State for murdering over 50 of his victims due to their inability to mobilize ransom, claimed that he worked for Yellow Jambros, who usually supply him with fake military and police uniforms, guns and other weapons needed to execute his operation.
The statement notes that prior to the strike, Yellow Jambros and his cohorts were trailed from Zamfara State into Niger State riding 13 motorcycles along the Kaduna-Niger State border, precisely heading towards Kusasu in Shiroro LGA of Niger State.
At Kusasu, 5 other motorcycle-riding terrorists joined Yellow Jambros’ convoy, bringing the total number to 18, where they headed to the bank of River Jikudna and boarded a large motor-powered canoe in an attempt to cross and link up with other terrorists across the River.
The statement observes that it was unusual for terrorists riding in a convoy of 18 motorcycles to travel in broad daylight, it was apparent that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had assumed that airstrikes were suspended following the unfortunate incident at Tudun Biri in Kaduna State, and wanted to exploit the perceived window of opportunity.