- Senator Ibrahim Gobir has alleged that Sokoto residents now rely on soldiers from Niger Republic to save them from bandits
- Gobir accused the Nigerian military of abandoning Sokoto state
- The senator stated that about 5,000 people from Sokoto state have migrated to Niger Republic for safety
Ibrahim Gobir, the senator representing Sokoto east senatorial district, has alleged that residents of Sokoto state now rely on soldiers of Niger Republic to defend them from the attacks of bandits.
The senator told the Senate on Tuesday, May 19, that the Nigerian Army was no longer capable of saving his people from bandits.
He said constant attacks from bandits had forced about 5,000 people from Sokoto state to migrate to Niger Republic for safety, Premium Times reports.
Gobir made the statement when he contributed to a motion on insecurity during plenary. He said the Nigerian Army fails to respond whenever the people call them for help.
"The situation in Sokoto East as far as armed banditry is concerned, is pathetic and tragic because it is only Nigerien Army that had been coming to their rescue while the Nigerian Army looks the other way round," he said.
“Infact, based on very reliable and verifiable information from the area, many at times, that the people of the affected areas called on Nigerian Army for help and protection against the bandits, no response.
The senator stated that about 300 people have either been killed or kidnapped by bandits in Sokoto state.
He said hundreds of cows and other animals worth about N2.5 billion, have been stolen by the bandits.
After deliberations, the Nigerian Senate appealed to President Buhari to expand military operations to Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger and Sokoto states and any other surrounding been attacked by bandits.
Meanwhile, the Air Component of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ has eliminated 27 bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings, along the Nahuta-Doumborou Corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara states. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen.
John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Enenche said the operation was executed on Thursday, following credible intelligence reports that revealed that notorious bandits were harboured in a cluster of huts in the area.
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He added that the air component dispatched a Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter as well as a ground attack aircraft to engage the location.
According to him, overhead the target area, several of the bandits were seen along with a large number of rustled cattle.
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