- The chief of air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, tells troops to be alert in the ongoing fight against bandits and kidnappers in Katsina state
- Sadique Abubakar notes that a military offensive was implemented to combat the increased frequency of armed banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region of the country
- The chief of air staff says the success achieved in the operation so far has ensured that the capacity of the miscreants to carry out attacks on innocent citizens has been diminished
The chief of air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has warned troops battling bandits and kidnappers in Katsina state to be alert as there is a lot at stake in the ongoing fight against the suspected criminals.
Daily Trust reports that Abubakar told the troops to ensure that they do not allow themselves to be taken unawares by the bandits and kidnappers.
The chief of air staff gave the warning during his speech at a lunch organised for the troops of the air component of the Operation Hadarin Daji and 213 Forward Operation Base to celebrate Eid el-Kabir.
Abubakar, who was represented by air officer commanding special operations, AVM James Gwani, said the operations which were implemented to combat the increased frequency of armed banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region of our country had led to the reduction of criminality in the region.
“The success achieved in the operation so far has ensured that the capacity of these miscreants to carry out attacks on innocent citizens has been diminished and also that the criminals have no place to hide or hibernate.
“This in turn has enabled our fellow citizens, especially the farmers, to be able to return to their various socio-economic activities in a secure atmosphere as peace has gradually returned to Katsina and other states in the Northwest region,” he said.
The chief of air staff however noted that despite the successes recorded in the fight against banditry, troops needed to be cautious so as not to be taken unawares.
“Notwithstanding, we should bear in mind that a lot is at stake in this war against banditry and kidnaping and we must not allow ourselves to be taken unawares," he said.
Meanwhile, the governor of Zamfara, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, has sacked the emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika, and the district head of Kanoma, Alhaji Lawal Ahmad.
The removal of Cika and Ahmad from office, which is to take place with immediate effect, was contained in a statement signed by the state deputy governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.
Both the emir and the district head were suspended following allegations of connivance with armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the state.
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