- The Nigerian Air Force said it has launched a special operation tagged “Tsaftan Daji” (Clean Forest)
- The special operation will focus on flushing out bandits in Zamfara and other northern states
- The bandits. with mindless killings and kidnappings, have become another major threats to Nigeria's peace and security
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, April 9, launched operation “Tsaftan Daji” (Clean Forest), to flush out bandits in the northwest.
Launching the operation in Katsina, Air Officer Commanding, Special Operations Command, Air Vice-Marshal Napoleon Bali, said that the operation was drawn from “Diran Mikiya” operation of the NAF.
Bali said that the exercise was also designed to add value to the existing operation “Saharan Daji” for the ground forces, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“You are all aware of what is going on in the northwest; the security forces have been putting in their best.
“However, the bandits have been changing their tactics thereby killing and kidnapping innocent civilians.
“The Chief of Air Staff decided that there is the need to get more air access in Katsina so that the air planes will be able to reach areas where these bandits are hiding.
“We are going to dominate the air and simultaneously pound bandits’ hideouts to make it easier for our ground forces to go in and flush out bandits and criminals terrorising people," he said.
He pointed out that the emphasis was on the forests surrounding Zamfara and neighbouring states.
The AOC, therefore, urged people to continue to give security agents information that would assist to safeguard their lives and property.
He said that NAF had reserved enough aircraft and fighting equipment to ensure the success of the operation.
“We want to ensure that by the end of the operation, we have either eliminated or reduced those unnecessary and deliberate attacks on innocent civilians in those states.
“For the time being, we will be here until our aim is achieved,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government accused traditional rulers of helping bandits who are carrying out the ongoing killings in Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara and other northern states.
The minister of defence, Mansur Dan Ali, in statement on Tuesday morning, April 9, said fresh intelligence report has linked some highly-placed traditional rulers to the activities of bandits.
"…In spite of the concerted efforts of the Armed Forces and other security some unpatriotic persons including highly placed traditional rulers in the areas were identified as helping the bandits with intelligence to perpetuate their nefarious actions or to compromise military operations,” the minister said.
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