- President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to crush bandits responsible for attacks in Sokoto state
- The Nigerian president gave the order following recent attacks in Sokoto state
- Buhari described the recent attack in the state as tragic and unfortunate
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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to totally crush bandits responsible for attacks on the people of Sokoto state.
The Nigerian president gave the order on Thursday, May 28, in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, Daily Trust reports.
Buhari described the recent attacks by bandits in the Sabon Birni local government area (LGA) of Sokoto state as tragic and unfortunate.
“We will not abandon you to your fate because we are determined to bring these mass murderers to their knees and crush them totally,” the president said.
He reassured Nigerians that his administration is determined to protect them from the killers who he described as psychopathic without human sympathy.
Meanwhile, 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 reported.
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.
Still on security, the Defence Headquarters has disclosed that Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest of Borno have been set in disarray, following massive air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) on Friday, May 15.
Enenche said the operation was executed based on credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
He added that the reports revealed that the terrorists were importing additional fighters as well as increasing their logistics stocks preparatory to launching attacks on troops’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.
According to him, the air taskforce dispatched an enhanced force package of attack aircraft and a surveillance platform to engage the location.
In another report, 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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