Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Abuja, FCT

Troops halt armed bandits’ attacks on citizens in Katsina, Zamfara, others

*Aggressive patrol, intelligence reports promoted troops’ success ─Nigerian Defence Spokeman

* Chief of Defence Staff directs restoration of normalcy in North-West, North-Central

*Emir of Daura applauds Nigerian Army and leadership for commitment, untiring efforts at containing security challenges

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the consistent harassment and killing of innocent citizens in the North-West region of the country in recent times, the Nigerian military authorities say troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have foiled an attack by bandits on Mara Zamfarawa village in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State.

Major-General John Enenche, Defence Spokesman, in a statement confirmed that six bandits were shot dead while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to Major-General Enenche, the soldiers also arrested several suspected informants and collaborators of the bandits at Dunya village in Danmusa LGA following aggressive patrol and intelligence reports by troops.

A total of five bandits were killed by troops in shootouts at Kurubka and Rambadawa forests in Sabon Birni Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, and several weapons and motorcycles recovered from them.

ConsumerConnect recalls that Enenche had disclosed that the Air Component of the Operation Hadarin Daji Wednesday, June 24, 2020, also neutralised scores of armed bandits in Dutsen Asolo and Birnin Kogo areas of Katsina State as well as at Dogo Gede’s Camp in the Kwayanbana Forest area of Zamfara State.

He related that the operation which began June 20, 2020, had hit 10 locations across the region.

“The Operation, which was preceded by the massive deployment of additional air assets and ground support equipment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to Katsina, is aimed at taking out armed bandits’ locations that were painstakingly selected, based on impeccable Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports.

It was carried out in a series of surveillance missions to significantly degrade the armed bandits’ fighting capability before it could be brought to bear against friendly forces or innocent civilians.

“At Dutsen Asolo, NAF jets dispatched by the Air Component attacked the cave/hideout of the bandits, destroying the main entry point and neutralising some fighters.

“Some surviving bandits, who were tracked escaping from the cave area were taken out in follow-on strikes.

“Also, on 21 June 2020, at the bandits’ enclave in the Kwayanbana Forest, an attack helicopter took out one of the bandits’ logistics huts, which was seen engulfed in flames. “Similarly, at Birnin Kogo on 22 June 2020, some armed bandits, who fled their dwellings in the centre of the camp to nearby bushes on hearing the sound of the attack aircraft, were neutralised as the NAF fighter jets hit them at their hiding positions.”

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Air Staff, who was in Katsina to oversee the Operation, has commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

Abubakar urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits, thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North-West and North Central Zones of the country.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts at combating banditry and ensuring lasting peace and security in Katsina State and the North-West, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), was at the Forward Operating Base (FOB), in Daura, Katsina State, Sunday, June 28.

The COAS related the operational readiness of 171 Battalion Daura to curb armed banditry and other security challenges in their area of responsibility.

Lt.-Gen. Buratai also took the opportunity of his operations’ tour to pay a courtesy call on Alhaji Dr. Umar Farouk Umar, CON, the Emir of Daura, in Daura.

He assured the Emirate Council and the people of Nigeria, the renewed vigour and determination of the Nigerian Army (NA) to tackle the security challenges in the Northwest and the country in general.

The visit was in response to the concerns occasioned by the recent banditry activities in different parts of the region, and Katsina State in particular, he stressed.

According to the COAS, “already, the NA has commenced reorganisation of its operations across Nigeria and that senior officers of the Service were in the state to fully implement the clear directives of President Muhammadu Buhari to effectively checkmate the security challenges in the country.”

Alhaji Dr. Umar, Emir of Daura, applauded the Nigerian Army (NA) and its leadership on the commitment and untiring efforts at containing the myriad of security challenges in Nigeria and in Daura Emirate of Katsina State since he took over as the COAS.

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