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Buhari Orders Military Operation To Wipe Out Bandits

The persistent attacks by bandits in communities across Niger State has compelled President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a fresh directive to the armed forces to begin a major military operation aimed at uprooting the terrorists.

In the latest directive, President Buhari said they should apply force in their strategic operations.

The directive may not be unconnected with security reports reaching the presidency, indicating that the incessant attacks on communities by bandits may be as a result of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who are fleeing theatres of war, particularly in the North-West and North-East parts of the country.

A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the issuance of the directive on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the presidency, the Defence Headquarters a few days ago got the go-ahead, in which the president asked the military to respond robustly to the cases of killings and kidnappings in the state and to give effect to the strategic objectives through the use of force.

“I would like to express sincere sympathies to the government and people of the state following recent security incidents”, the president said in his message to the government and people of the state.

He stressed the need for security to be seen as a collective responsibility of every community, noting that only through solidarity and cooperation with law enforcement agencies can Nigeria defeat the problem finally.

Buhari said, “The Federal Government is willing to strengthen support and cooperation with all the states. I believe that with the full cooperation of the citizens, we will surely overcome this problem”.

Hundreds of villagers fled Damari community in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State after bandits riding on motorcycles invaded the community Sunday morning.

Villagers said that the bandits were in pursuit of members of a group loyal to a notorious warlord, Malam Abba, whom the Kaduna State Police Command in 2020 confirmed to be a member of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

A resident, Ibrahim Hassan, who fled the community, said that the bandits stormed the area about 10a.m on Sunday, adding that many began to flee on hearing the reverberating gunshots.

It was gathered that a deadly clash had ensued on Friday between bandits and the lieutenants of Malam Abba in which several bandits were killed in the face-off.

A source from the community said it is suspected that the bandits who attacked Damari were on a vengeance mission and deliberately attacked Damari because the community was under the protection of Malam Abba.

When contacted, Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said he has contacted the officer in charge of the area to liaise with other security agents in order to rescue the situation.

Meanwhile, fifteen persons have been abducted by suspected bandits in Kulho village of Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State, police authority said.

Police spokesman in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement in Minna on Sunday, said the victims were abducted at about 02:00a.m. on Friday.

Abiodun said that the bandits attacked Kulho village, a remote community via Ibbi in Mashegu and abducted the victims.

He explained that on the same day at about 01:00a.m, bandits entered Mashegu village through Jigawa and stole a yet to be ascertained number of cattle.

Abiodun said that a team of policemen had been drafted to the area for search and rescue of the abducted victims.

“We solicited the support of local residents to volunteer reliable information that could aid in apprehending the miscreants,” he said.

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