Over 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons have returned to their villages in Zamfara State, the Army has said.
The Army said it launched an operation on July 1, 2018, to dislodge bandits and secure communities that had come under attacks in recent months.
The outgoing Force Commander of the operation, Major-General Muhammad Muhammad said on Wednesday that residents displaced by armed bandits especially around Galadi, Kwaddi and Katuru villages in Zurmi and Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state were back home safely.
He said the operation has stabilized the affected area and neutralized several bandits while others on the run are being pursued by troops.
Muhammad also said that farming activities have gradually resumed in other villages affected by the bandits attacks in Maradun Local Government Area.
He expressed full confidence that the new commander would sustain the operation until all bandits are neutralised and the communities made safe for normal activities.