Troops Rout Armed Bandits, Kill Almost 200

The Operation HADARIN DAJI, deployed in the North West of Nigeria to combat armed banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping, has in a two-day offensive, decimated close to 200 armed bandits. This is coming on the back of 135 killed as reported by Switch Nigeria yesterday. This is a continuation of the offensive to rid the geopolitical zone of the hardened criminal elements who have rendered the region, especially Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto unbearable for crop farmers’ and herders’ comfort. The offensive was led by the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI who coordinated multiple air strikes at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp, in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State, and Kurmin Kura, in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State, between Friday and yesterday Saturday.

General Abayomi Gabriel Olanisakin, Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

This is a major victory for the indigenous people who have been facing obstacles to their chief means of livelihood: farming and herding. Also, this is significant because it is raining period in the part of the country and farmers who have hitherto been denied the peace and security to engage in their profession, can take advantage of the victories of the Operation HADARIN DAJI, and resume for work. Rainfall lasts for only four months, more or less, in the North West of Nigeria and considering the fact that farmers are part of the essential services exempted from the stay-at-home directive to curb the spread of COVID-19, they need to be engaged with their farms as rain has begun to fall in the region.

According to Defence Headquarters, the air strikes were conducted after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions led to the verification that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some notorious armed bandit leaders, and was being used for the collection and collation of rustled cattle.

In response, the Air Component, employing Nigerian Air Force ground attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged both locations in multiple passes, destroying their makeshift structures and killing the bandit leaders and their accompanying fighters.

Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) commended the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI for their professionalism and admonished them to stay focused in their objectives towards rooting out all armed bandits to achieve the directives of the Chief of Defence (CDS) Staff which is restoring security of life and property in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country. Also, he directed that more assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States, to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to these adjoining States.

Source: Defence Headquarters, DHQ

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