- The Nigerian military says 392 bandits have been killed by its troops since the commencement of Operation Katsina
- To consolidate on its successes, the military has unveiled Operation Accord to tackle the issue of banditry
- Operation Accord is a joint operation involving the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies
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The Nigerian military has announced that 392 bandits have been killed since the commencement of Operation Katsina.
This was disclosed by the coordinator, defence media operations, Major-General John Enenche at a press briefing on Thursday, June 4 at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
“In the northwest and north-central parts of the country, the gallant troops through land and air offensives successfully neutralized 392 bandits since the commencement of Operation Katsina, which seriously degraded the bandits and other criminal elements in the two zones.
“Consequently, those bandits that escaped resorted to reprisal attacks on civilian targets,” Major-General Enenche disclosed.
Recall that the Nigerian military recently assured Nigerians that its troops will prevent the interstate movement of armed bandits.
The military made the vow while confirming that people in the north-west and north-central parts of the country have raised alarm on the issue.
In a related development, the Air Component of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ recently eliminated 27 bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings, along the Nahuta-Doumborou Corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara states.
A statement signed by Major-General Enenche disclosed that the operation was executed on following credible intelligence reports that revealed that notorious bandits were harboured in a cluster of huts in the area.
He added that the air component dispatched a Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter as well as a ground attack aircraft to engage the location.
Meanwhile, Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari has vowed never to grant amnesty to bandits again.
The governor made the declaration during an interview with the BBC Hausa service.
The governor said some bandits who accepted amnesty betrayed his government and became enemies of the state, and were among those fuelling insecurity in the state.
The bandits had apparently abandoned the agreement with the governor and has since resumed attacking locals in the state.
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