Military operation kills 70 bandits in Kaduna forest, others injured

Military operation kills 70 bandits in Kaduna forest, others injured

- Bandits/cattle rustlers have suffered a heavy blow in the hands of Nigerian troops

- In a combined ground and air offensive, 70 of them were killed while others escaped with injuries

- The bandits who were pursued through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest did not have it easy

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No fewer than 70 armed bandits/cattle rustlers were killed in a combined ground and air offensive, by troops of Operation Thunder Srike under Operation Accord with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes.

The bandits met their waterloo on Friday, June 5, during a clearance patrol in Kachia Forest in Kaduna state.

The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed that the operation was as a result of timely and credible information on the movement of bandits within the area.

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According to him, the bandits were pursued by the troops through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest. They were consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.

While 70 of the bandit lost their lives, others were lucky to escape with injuries.

Enenche added that two bandits’ logistics suppliers were nabbed by troops of Operation Yaki at outskirts of Kankomi village.

Items recovered from them include recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries.

Just as the troops are engaging bandits in battle, so also is it winning the war against Boko Haram insurgency.

The Defence headquarters recently shared the photo of a Boko Haram member who surrendered to troops of strong response area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno state.

The rate at which bandits attack communities across Nigerian states has become a source of worry.

It was tears and lamentations galore at the Katsina House of Assembly chamber on Tuesday, February 18 as lawmakers cried profusely during their plenary session over the recent killings of over 30 villagers in Batsari local government area of the state.

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The member representing Jibia constituency, Alhaji Mustapha Yusuf, opened the flood gate of tears while contributing to the motion and other members joined in, shedding tears over the killings.

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The situation is no different in Niger state where youths under the auspices of Amalgamation of Youths Development Association decided to march in protest.

The young Nigerians on Tuesday, May 5, took to the streets to protest what they described as “government inaction and insensitivity” following the killing of people by armed bandits.

The youths in their hundreds drawn from 14 communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state defied the state’s stay-at-home order and marched through Kagara highway.

Chanting ‘Enough Is Enough', the youths were aggrieved that the government has paid little attention to control the situation following the relentless massacre by bandits.

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As insecurity continues to pose threats to the peaceful existence of Nigeria, the House of Representatives has decided to subject the service chiefs to an inquiry. earlier reported that during a plenary on Thursday, June 4, the federal lawmakers at the lower chambers raised eyebrows against the security potholes and rise in attacks in some states.

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