Bandits are being targeted by the military in the forests of the North West and North Central.
On Tuesday, there were strong signs that the military had started bombing bandit hideouts in the North West, North Central, and sections of the North East. According to top security officials who spoke to our journalists, the bombing, which began in Katsina and Benue states, will soon be expanded to other states in the zones.
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In a March interview with the BBC’s Hausa Service, President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), has ordered a crackdown on bandits terrorizing farmers across the country.
Also, on Thursday, during his interview with Arise Television, In a Thursday interview with Arise Television, the President also stated that he had ordered security personnel to shoot AK47-wielding robbers.
The PUNCH has learned that the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, and police have intensified attacks on bandit hideouts in Katsina State, particularly in the Batsari, Jibia, Sabuwa, Danmusa, Safana, Matazu, Kankara, Dandume, Dutsin-ma, Kurfi, and Faskari local government areas, where bandits have been kidnapping farmers and other residents. “We now carry out raids on suspected bandits’ hideouts in the state almost on a daily basis and at any time,” a top security source in the state claimed. “There are times when you just don’t know what to do. “When you see fighter airplanes flying, it’s either a bandit attack or a mop-up mission.” After repeated attempts to reach him on the phone, Mallam Ahmad Katsina, the state governor’s Special Adviser on Security, has failed to respond to an SMS sent to him. However, when reached, Gambo Isah, the state police spokesman, claimed the command was “developing measures to ensure that all regions of the state are safe.” The military of Operation Whirl Stroke have begun cleaning out armed herders and militias from their hideouts in Taraba, Nasarawa, and Benue states, according to Anything Celebrity. “We have carried out operations along the Sankera axis,” a senior security officer told one of our correspondents (of Benue State). Farmers will be able to return as a result of this. return to their homes and start farming.” “We don’t follow orders from the state administration,” the source said when asked if the state government could direct the military to help send troops to protect farms. We are sending troops to hotspots, like as the Sankera axis, where farmers have already returned to their farms.”
In Sokoto State, police patrols in villages vulnerable to bandit assaults have been stepped up. Sabon Birni, Isa, Rabah, and Goronyo local government areas are among the affected areas.