- The Nigerian Air Force said it has recorded success against bandits
- The air force said the coordinated attacks resulted in the death of some bandits
- Some of the bandits reportedly fled to the border between Nigeria and Niger Republic as a result of the air strikes
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) on Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has recorded successes in a renewed air offensive against bandits in Zamfara and its environs.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, April 10, in Abuja, said the operation was carried out on Monday.
“The air strikes, which were intensified on April 8, with the deployment of additional aircraft, are aimed at flushing out the bandits from their hideouts in Sububu, Rugu and Kagara Forests, amongst others, whilst ensuring the protection of the lives and properties of citizens in the North West of the Country.
“On the first day of the intensive operation, the ATF conducted coordinated air raids against multiple identified bandits’ hideouts at Doumborou, Sububu, West Malamawa, Baturia Pond and Rugu Forest, where several bandits were neutralised and their camps destroyed,” he said.
He said the ATF on April 9, conducted waves of attacks against several targets, adding that the first wave struck three bandits locations within Sububu forest as well as another camp in Kagara forest.
“Targets attacked in the second wave were notable armed bandits’ hideouts at Kamarawa, Kunduma and Tsamare hill, while the third wave focused on armed bandits hideouts in Doumborou.
“The ATF also provided close air support to surface forces of Sector 2 to enable them move into the attacked areas to mop-up the fleeing survivors and recover their weapons. In all, the ATF degraded eight camps and neutralised scores of bandits,” he said.
Daramola said reports indicated that, as a result of the air strikes, some of the bandits were fleeing towards the border between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
“Accordingly, the ATF is liaising with relevant authorities to ensure that the bandits are prevented from escaping through the Southern part of Niger Republic,” he said.
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He said the NAF, in consonance with surface forces and other relevant authorities, would sustain its efforts to end the scourge of banditry and other related threats to life and safety in the North West of “our dear nation.”
Meanwhile, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara commended Nigerians over protests calling for an end to banditry and other criminal activities in the state.
Yari made the commendation in Gusau on Tuesday, April 9, when the acting Inspector-General of Police Muhammad Adamu paid him an official visit in Gusau.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, said the peaceful protests indicated that Nigerians were very concerned about the situation in Zamfara.
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