- Several bandits have been killed in Zamfara state after the Nigerian Air Force attacked camps used by suspected criminals
- The defence headquarters said the attack was carried out by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji
- John Enenche, the coordinator of defence media operations disclosed that the airstrike took place on June 7
Several bandits have been killed in Zamfara state after the Nigerian Air Force attacked camps used by suspected criminals.
The defence headquarters on Tuesday, June 8, disclosed that the attack was carried out by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji at Kwayanbana Forest in Zamfara, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.
John Enenche, the coordinator of defence media operations said the airstrike took place on June 7.
He stated that a series of intelligence and surveillance missions were conducted prior to the air attack.
Enenche noted that findings from the intelligence missions indicated that some caves and high grounds served as hideouts for the bandits and their notorious kingpin, Dogo Gede.
The spokesperson said attack aircraft and helicopter gunships were dispatched to engage the location, leading to the killing of several bandits.
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. Just as the troops are engaging bandits in battle, so also is it winning the war against Boko Haram insurgency.
Meanwhile, as part of the recovery efforts of the Borno state government after Boko Haram terrorist activities, Governor Babagana Umaru Zulum has revoked allocations of over 100 empty houses built in Bama town.
The governor on Monday, June 8, re-allocated the properties that have been unoccupied for more than a year, for the use of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Bama local government area.
Governor Zulum in a statement shared on his official social media pages noted that said all the houses should be occupied by IDPs who don't have decent spaces at the camp immediately.
He gave the order while speaking at the Shehu of Bama's palace, Shehu Umar Ibn Kyari Elkanemi as he led government officials in the distribution of items to those in critical need.
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