Insurgents Are Nothing But ‘Bandits’ And ‘Murderers’ – Buratai

A file photo of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.



The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has declared that Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s north-east are now nothing but bandits and armed robbers.

According to him, there is no longer insurgency but the current situation in the region is purely criminality and banditry.

Buratai stated this on Friday after several hours of a closed-door meeting with the Military High Command in Borno State.

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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.



Acting Director Army Public Relations

13 September 2019.

Insurgents Are Bandits, We Will ‘Treat Them As Such’ – Buhari

We Will Surely Leave A Better Nigeria For Future Generations – Buhari
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari at an event in Abuja.



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.”

Terrorist Recruitment?

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 Attack Katsina Village, Abduct 15 Women


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.

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“While the hoodlums escaped into the rough Rugu forest, search parties have been dispatched into the surrounding bushes with a view to rescue others.”

Isah further stated that the incidence took place on Tuesday night at about 12:15am.


Bandits Kill Four People In Fresh Katsina Attack

Four people have been killed and several others injured following gunmen attack on Tsayau village, a border community in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The attack has led to a protest by residents of the village who brought corpses of the victims to the palace of the Emir of Katsina.

Police spokesperson, Anas Gezawa who confirmed the incident said the armed men stormed the community at about 3:30 pm on Sunday and carted away some cows.

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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.

Vehicle conveying victims of the attack.


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.

‘Don’t Spare Bandits’, President Buhari Orders Military


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”.

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Flanked by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the president assured the troops that the Federal Government will provide all the necessary support for the restoration of peace in the country.


“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,” he said.

He, however, urged them to remain diligent in the discharge of their duties.

According to him, all those in office are being sustained by the ordinary people, and the security agencies owe the people a duty to protect their lives and property.

Birnin Gwari Attack: Army Confirms Death of Two Soldiers,10 Bandits

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna


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.

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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.

Suspected Bandits Kill Two Soldiers, Civilians In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna


Suspected armed bandits have killed two soldiers at Dogon Dawa village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Two civilians including a youth leader were also killed by the assailants during a siege that lasted several hours on Thursday.

The One Division of the Nigerian Army has yet to confirm the incident.

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An indigene of Dogon Dawa, however, told Channels Television on Friday that the bandits attacked the soldiers during an ambush, and later shot at them with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Some others said to have been injured during the attack have been moved to a military hospital in the Kaduna state capital.

According to eyewitnesses, the bandits trailed and killed the youth leader and his friend at his farm in Kuduru village.

When the news got to the security operatives deployed to the area, the soldiers who were quickly moved to the village were said to have been ambushed by the suspects.

The assailants, according to sources, also abducted many people including travellers along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road and Dogon Dawa between Wednesday and Thursday.

In the last three years, hundreds of people have been kidnapped and several others killed in Birnin Gwari, a community that has suffered banditry, armed robbery, and cattle rustling recently.

Bandits Kill 10 In Katsina


Unknown bandits have killed 10 persons and injured five others in Zango village, Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed this in a statement added that the attack took place on July 21st, 2019 after a distress call was received that the village was under attack by about 200 bandits, all dressed in Army camouflage, on motorcycles who stormed the village shooting sporadically.

He said the bandits, however, rustled an unspecified number of domestic animals and set ablaze the house of the village head and two motor vehicles, adding that the whereabouts of three women from the village is yet unknown.

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The statement added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba has called for calm and assured the general public that the police and other security agencies are on top of the situation.

“On 21/07/19 at about 20:15hrs, a distress call was received that, Zango village was under attack by about 200 bandits, all dressed in Army camouflage, on motorcycles who stormed the village shooting sporadically.

“Joint patrol team, comprising Operations Puff Adder and Sharan Daji, were mobilized to the scene. But due to the distance, terrain and road condition before the team could arrive, the bandits had operated and escaped into Rugu forest. The Bandits killed ten (10) and injured five (5), persons.

“They also rustled an unspecified number of domestic animals. The bandits also set ablaze the house of the village head and two motor vehicles.

“Team also search the bush surrounding the village and one Abdullahi Bawa ‘m’ aged 22yrs, a Fulani native and a suspected bandit were arrested. The whereabouts of three women from the village are yet unknown.

“The Commissioner of Police, Katsina state command has called for calm and assures the general public that the police and indeed other security agencies are on top of the situation.”

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna


Two Nigerian Air Force personnel have lost their lives and several others injured in an ambush by suspected armed bandits in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Tuesday that the victims were in two patrol vans before they bumped into the bandits.

The assailants said to be in the process of kidnapping some travellers and upon sighting the security operatives, they opened fire on them while a gunfight ensued in the process.

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NAF Director of Public Relations And Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident in a statement.

The statement said, “Troops of 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment in Birnin Gwari had at about 5pm on Monday, 22 July 2019, dismounted an ambush set up by armed bandits at Kawan Pole Waya, about 20km from Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road and in the process were able to fight their way through the ambush to the side of Birnin Gwari and later called for reinforcement.”

Daramola also affirmed the killing of two personnel who were identified as Flying Officer Abdulrahman Bayero and Aircraftman Saidu Bawa.

In his reaction, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, condoled with the families of the fallen heroes, on behalf of all staff members of the Force

He also prayed that the Almighty God grants their souls peaceful repose.

According to the statement, the Air chief was at Birnin Gwari on Saturday, on an assessment visit.

He, however, urged personnel to remain resolute and continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister services and other security agencies to rid the north-west region of all criminal elements.

138 Bandits Killed, 50 Victims Rescued In Two Months – Military


The Defence Headquarters has said that over 138 suspected bandits have been killed, while over 50 kidnapped victims were rescued by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji and the Joint Task Force Operation Thunder Strike between May to July 2019 in the Northwest part of the country.

Both operations were launched in May in a bid to tackle the spate of security challenges confronting some states in the North-Western part of the country.

At a briefing in Abuja to update journalists on the progress of the joint operation, the Director of Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said that the troops also recovered firearms and ammunition during several mop-up operations carried out.

“Since inception, troops of OPHD have recorded strings of successes against the criminals, including a daring rescue operation in which troops neutralized 54 armed bandits in an encounter in fortified enclaves in Moriki, Madada and Dumburum forests in Zamfara state. Several assorted firearms were also recovered from the bandits.

“It will suffice to mention that in the last 2 months, since the commencement of the joint operations, the gallant troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have in series of successful encounters rescued over 50 kidnapped victims and neutralized about 78 armed bandits from various fortified enclaves in Zamfara and contiguous states.

“The troops have also recovered a total of 39 firearms which include 16 AK 47 rifles, 1 Light Machine Gun, 14 Dane guns, 2 Pump-action rifles, 3 semi-automatic rifles, 3 pistols and 2,437 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.”

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He added that over 25 suspected bandits have been arrested and are undergoing investigations.

Colonel Nwachukwu explained that the bandits used cattle rustling to fund their criminalities and the troops began anti-cattle rustling operation, which led to the interception of 2,278 cows.

“On the realization, that bandits were generating financial resources through cattle rustling to fund their criminality, troops of OPHD also embarked on anti-cattle rustling operations, which led to the interception and stalling of cattle rustling activities. This culminated in the recovery of 2,278 cows, which have been duly returned to their respective owners.

“The troops have also recovered a total of 39 firearms which include 16 AK 47 rifles, 1 Light Machine Gun, 14 Dane guns, 2 Pump-action rifles, 3 semi-automatic rifles, 3 pistols and 2,437 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.”

He also revealed that kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna-Abuja axis were not spared, as troops identified flashpoints and arrested 14 suspected kidnappers and recovered arms and ammunition.

“These operations led to the successful interception and arrest of 14 suspected kidnappers, while 6 bandits were neutralized. In a unique occurrence, troops while on aggressive patrol along Abuja-Kaduna highway discovered a group of bandits dressed in military camouflage who would have been ordinarily perceived by unsuspecting members of the public as military personnel on routine checks along the highway mounted an illegal roadblock. The courageous troops moved tactically to the scene, engaged them in a firefight and neutralized the bandits.

“The troops have so far recovered a total of 38 firearms comprising, 11 AK 47 rifles, 1 Semi-automatic rifle, 1 Revolver Pistol, 23 Dane guns, 2 locally made pistols, 157 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition, 8 cartridges, 2 AK 47 magazines, 5 Mobile phones, and 4 solar panels. “

Other recoveries made by the troops include “seven Motorcycles used by bandits and 695 cattle.

“The cows have been returned to their respective owners,” he added.

Suspected Bandits Kill At Least 13, Injure Many In Katsina

Bodies of Katsina attack victims


Suspected bandits have killed at least 13 people, injuring several others from three communities in Kankara and Danmusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

The bandits who ransacked Maidabino, Unguwar Rabo and Unguwar areas of the state on Wednesday shot and injured several people in the process.

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A resident of one of the affected communities, Yusuf Tukur, told Channels Television that 10 bodies were brought for funeral prayer at the premises of the Katsina Emirate Council for mass burial.

The Police Command PPRO SP, Gambo Isah also confirmed the incident said via a telephone.

He said 11 people were killed in Kankara and two persons killed in Maidabino Village of Danmusa LGA.


Suspected Bandits Abandon Families As Police Raid Hideout In Jigawa Community


The Jigawa State Police Command has placed in its custody four wives and six children of some suspected bandits that specializes in kidnapping and arm robbery.

The commissioner of Police, CP Bala Zama confirmed the development in a press briefing at the police headquarters in Dutse, the state capital of Jigawa.

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According to him, the police, on a tip-off, raided the bandits hideout and nabbed an informant.

The armed men numbering about eight of them with Guns, sticks, machetes, attacked the house of one Yahaya Haruna of Majiya, a village in Kaura LGA. The bandits tied up the victim, robbed him of money totaling about N800, 000 and took him away with them, they released him on May 20, 2019.

We continued to follow up this case, we received a lead of where these perpetrators were and we raided the place and made some arrest. During the arrest in Tukuntu village, we arrested Halisu, while his eight associates took to their heels and escaped.

During that raid, they ran away and left their families, they left four wives and some children who are here with us on protective custody, we cannot just abandon them, and we are taking care of them and providing their needs, he added.

The CP also stated that the team recovered arms and ammunition from the hideout of the suspected bandits.

But a search was conducted in their camp, we found an AK-47 rifles with 68 rounds of live ammunition, one empty magazine, two pump action guns with 96 rounds of live cartridges, two locally made revolver pistols, one locally made muscle-loading berretta pistols, one locally made single barrel gun, a toy gun, five machetes, six gsm handsets, and others.

Meanwhile, the police also paraded other criminals that specialize in burglary and fraud.

The fraudsters were caught in possession of fake foreign currency worth $80,080, while the burglars were caught in possession of rappers and other materials.