Troops of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State have arrested five suspected bandits said to have been terrorising residents of the area.
The troops also recovered 267 cows and 51 sheep from the bandits during an operation on Saturday, October 26.
While handing over the rustled animals to officials of the Kaduna State Government, the Commandant of the Navy School of Armament Technology, Commodore Tanko Pani, said the bandits were arrested by his men following an alarm that was raised about their presence inside the Kujama forest.
He, however, noted that there have been intensified efforts on the part of the security agencies and criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling have drastically reduced.
Speaking further, he appealed to residents of Kachia and environs to always provide credible intelligence information to enable the command respond timely and appropriately to any security issues.
Pani also assured the people of the command’s continuous synergy with allied security authorities to protect Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
On is part, the Chairman of Kachia local government who received the recovered animals on behalf of the Kaduna State Government, commended the Navy for keeping the area safe.
He also called on those whose animals were stolen recently to come to the Command with concrete proof of ownership to reclaim them.
Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed a notorious bandits’ leader known as “Emir”, and 38 others during a clearance operation in Zamfara state.
According to a statement by the acting Force Information Officer, Captain Ayobami Oni-Orisan, despite the ongoing peace process in the State, troops came under unprovoked attack by bandits which were repelled.
He stated that the troops further commenced aggressive clearance operations and destroyed three camps and killed the bandits.
“On 3rd of October 2019, troops deployed at Sunke in Anka Local Government Area, despite the ongoing peace process in the State.
“However, the gallant troops successfully repelled the attack, neutralized 19 bandits in the process. Unfortunately, 4 soldiers lost their lives during the encounter.
“As a result of the encounter, troops further commenced aggressive clearance operations nicknamed OP Mushare on the 6th of October 2019, with a view to apprehending the recalcitrant bandits.
“Consequently, between 6th and 7th of October 2019, within Bawa Daji general area, 3 heavily fortified camps at Gubarawa, Bawa Daji and Bawa Daji Forest were destroyed when the troops overpowered the bandits, overrun the 3 camps and neutralized 39 bandits, (including the notorious bandits’ leader known as “Emir”) and many bandits were obviously wounded.”
The spokesman added that four soldiers sustained injuries during the operation.
He also stated that troops arrested a suspected bandit Abubakar Umar along road Lamba – Damri axis with the sum of 400,000 Naira presumably for purchase of bandits’ logistics supplies; Adding that the suspect will be handed over to the civil police for further investigation/necessary action.
The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) has killed no fewer than 10 bandits in forests near Birnin Gwari and Janko Hill in Kaduna State.
Spokesman of the Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who confirmed the operation, explained that an armed helicopter while flying over the Birnin Gwari general area on Saturday, spotted the bandits at the location.
Thereafter, the force engaged them with guns, killing some of them in the process.
The meeting held a day after Channels Television reported that at least 20 soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole were missing while the bodies of nine others were recovered in Gudumbali town.
The soldiers were said to have been ambushed by the insurgents at a Granda village, engaging them overnight from Monday until the early hours of Tuesday this week.
Despite the recent attacks in parts of the North-East, Buratai insisted that the insurgents were criminals and called for the support of Nigerians to wipe them from the region.
The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, read out the declaration of the army chief to waiting journalists at the end of the meeting.
He backed the new position of the army with the fact that the criminals “no longer pretend to be championing any cause other than the quest for materialism as manifested in murder and terror on hapless people.”
Musa, however, said the force was worried about what he called the increased propaganda and undue publicity given to the remnants of the “erstwhile Boko Haram terrorist group” by some individuals.
The worrisome development, according to him, has further boosted the image of the criminal gang as referring to the criminals as Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria amounts to encouraging terrorism.
The army spokesman called on Nigerians not to glorify them by calling them by any name other than criminals, rapists, kidnappers, armed robbers, and murderers.
Read the full statement issued by Musa below:
The Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has noted with great concern the increased propaganda and undue publicity given to the remnants of the erstwhile Boko Haram terrorist group by some people.
This worrisome development has further boosted the image of the criminal gang thus assuming larger than life status. He made the plea while visiting troops in the North East.
He, therefore, pointed out that it is wrong for any person to eulogise or support murderers, bandits and armed robbers that the known Boko Haram terrorist group has turned into.
Consequently, referring to such gang of criminals, bandits, insurgents such as Boko Haram Terrorists Group, JAS or ISWAP in Nigeria could amount to supporting or encouraging terrorism.
The Chief of Army Staff said that it is also important to note that the mode of operation of these elements, is pure criminality for personal gains.
It is common knowledge that the criminals no longer pretend to be championing any cause other than quest for materialism as manifested in murder and terror on hapless people.
He pleaded that as peace loving people, Nigerians should not be glorifying these criminals by calling them by any name other than “criminals,” “rapists,” “kidnappers”, “armed robbers” and “murderers.”
Unfortunately, many Nigerians are not aware that giving prominence to the criminal activities of the terrorist group through sensational headlines and fake news in both electronic and print media could also amount to tacit support to terrorism which violates the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011.
It is, therefore, important that all Nigerians rally round our gallant troops as they fight these criminals.
All should know that the support to the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the counter terrorism efforts would boost their morale and it will be highly appreciated.
The Nigerian Army is asking for the continued understanding and cooperation of all Nigerians and well-meaning people.
He further stated that all troops have been enjoined to henceforth go all out to deal decisively with these criminals.
They are nothing but bandits and armed robbers. Let’s support our military to ensure a secured Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east region of the country as bandits.
He stated that his administration would continue to treat the insurgents as such as the Federal Government steps up efforts the fight against insurgency in the region.
“Boko Haram has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
The President, who received the President of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Peter Maurer, on Tuesday in Abuja, added, “That is why we are cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries.
“We are also using the Air Force quite effectively. They are bandits, and we will continue to treat them as such.”
President Buhari explained that the government was concentrating on repairing damaged infrastructure, rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, and securing their communities so that they could return home.
He applauded the support of the ICRC and other humanitarian organisations, saying, “The situation of the displaced persons is very pathetic. Some children don’t know where their parents are, neither do they know where they come from.
“We are focusing on education and healthcare, along with rebuilding of infrastructure. The agency formerly under the leadership of General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) and now headed by Major General Paul Tarfa (retd) is quietly making an impression. We are dedicating lots of resources to the area.”
The President stressed that great progress has equally been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious.
He said, “How can you kill people, and say ‘God is great’? It’s either you don’t know that God, or you don’t know what you are talking about.
“God is God of justice. And the people have understood the message well, so recruiting is now difficult for the insurgents.”
In his remarks, Mr Maurer said Nigeria was the fifth largest operation of ICRC worldwide, and the organisation would continue to render humanitarian action to people affected by violence.
He, however, condemned the recent killing of two officials of the organisation in the north-east.
“We are shaken by the killing of our staff, but not discouraged. Humanitarian assistance should continue, and we applaud the hospitality of Nigeria,” the ICRC President said.
He gave assurance that relationship would be further strengthened with Nigeria, adding, “The more we see activity from Nigerian authorities, the easier it is for us to add here and there.”
Suspected bandits have attacked Wurma village in Kurfi LGA and abducted 15 women and unspecified number of domestic animals in Katsina State.
Confirming the incidence in a press release, the Public Relations Officer of the Katsina police command, SP Gambo Isah noted that a team of operation Puff Adder led by the DPO of the affected LGA chased after the hoodlums and engaged them in a gun duel as a result of which the team rescued ten (10) of the women alive and unhurt.
Gezawa explained that the villagers went after the bandits into the forest to recover the cows but they were attacked and four people killed in the process and several others injured.
Tsayau village shares boundary with both Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State and Niger Republic.
The residents have therefore called on security agencies for prompt intervention in increased attacks on the area.
The police in reaction urged the people of the state to synergise their efforts with security agencies in tackling cattle rustling, kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in the state.
This attack comes a day after President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive to troops not to spare bandits across the country.
The President urged the troops to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by the activities of the bandits.
He said this while addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, Katsina State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military not to spare bandits in their efforts to restore peace and security in the country.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said this while addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport.
“This group was formed by the military to secure the geo-political zone from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country.
“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them,’’ he said.
“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations”.
Authorities of the Nigerian Army have confirmed that two soldiers were killed and three others wounded during a gun battle with armed bandits in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
A statement issued by the army on Friday ,says the soldiers who were attached to the Operation CLEAN SWEEP carried out Clearance operation in Kuduru forest to flush out remnants of armed bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in Birnin Gwari when the incident occurred.
It adds that 10 of the bandits were also killed by soldiers while others escaped with gunshot wounds during the operation.
The statement also disclosed that the two deceased soldiers were among the five that were wounded during the exchange of fire with the bandits, adding that the bandits’ camp was also destroyed.
According to the statement, The General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General faruk Yahaya who has visited the wounded soldiers at the 44 Army Reference Hospital in the Kaduna state capital, where he commended them for their gallantry performance , and also promised that their sacrifice would not go in vain. .
It also quotes the GOC as saying that the bravery and dedication to duty by the deceased soldiers is exemplary that every Nigerian soldier and indeed Nigerians should be proud of, promising that the soldiers will be given befitting burials after informing the families of the tragic loss.