- Troops of the Nigerian army fighting in the northwest have been called on to work towards defeating bandits in the region
- The charge was given to the troops by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
- Buratai also urged the soldiers to adopt the needed tactics and techniques to end banditry
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has charged troops of the Nigerian Army to brace up for the defeat of bandits terrorizing the northern region of the country.
Buratai challenged the troops in the northwest theatre of operation ahead of its major task to flush out bandits and kidnappers who have been terrorizing and killing innocent citizens.
While addressing Special Forces fighting bandits on Sunday, June 28, in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, the army chief noted that there is no excuse for failure in military operations.
The COAS went on to warn the troops of serious consequences if in the face of superior firepower they abandon their positions.
He urged the soldiers to remain committed and adopt all the needed tactics and operational techniques required to end the war against banditry in the northwest, particularly in Katsina.
Buratai further said that the insecurity bedeviling the region is unpredictable and the best way to handle the conflict is for personnel to use their special training skills to end banditry.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Buratai, on Monday, June 29, announced that he has relocated to Katsina following continuous attacks on the state by bandits.
The army chief is in the state to coordinate activities of the new Operation Sahel Sanity, designed to flush out bandits terrorising parts of the northwest zone.
‘‘I came here two days ago and we will be here for some time to coordinate activities of the troops here in order to get some succor and also be able to resolve some of the challenges,’’ Buratai told Governor Aminu Masari during a courtesy call.
In a related development, a security expert and public affairs commentator, Terrence Kuanum, has attributed the incessant cases of violence and bandit attacks in parts of northern Nigeria to the activities of failed politicians.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, June 21, Kuanum said information available to him indicates that most of the cases of violence and banditry in northern Nigeria are politically motivated.
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