- President Muhammadu Buhari has held a security meeting with the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai
- The meeting between the president and the army chief held at the presidential villa in Abuja
- The army chief told journalists that he briefed the president about the security situation in the north-east
President Muhammadu Buhari has held a security meeting with the chief of army staff, Lt - Gen Tukur Buratai.
The meeting reportedly held at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday, June 8.
Shortly after meeting, the army chief told journalists that he briefed the president on the security situation in the north-east, Premium Times reports.
Buratai said he recently returned from the theatre of war in the northeast after spending two months there.
He said over 1429 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed by troops in the northeast, while over 166 Boko terrorist informants and allies had been arrested.
The army chief said the troops have recorded tremendous successes in the counter-insurgency operation.
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Meanwhile, bandits have been warned by President Muhammadu Buhari to surrender their weapons or face “disgraceful and violent end’’.
The warning came at a meeting the president had with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state at the State House on Thursday, June 4. In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari also commiserated with Masari over the loss of lives in the attacks
The president assured people and government of Katsina that the bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state and across the country will not go unpunished.
According to him, renewed efforts and review of operations, to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country were ongoing.
Buhari added that more decisive military operations against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states will be undertaken.
In another report, 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.
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.
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