- The Nigerian Air Force is making progress in its efforts to eliminate terrorist groups in northern Nigeria
- A group of bandits has been killed in the latest airstrikes by the Air Force in Kaduna state
- The suspects were planning to launch an attack on Birnin Gwari LGA of the state before meeting their waterloo
The war against the rampant menace of bandits recorded a tremendous victory as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) eliminated a group of bandits in Kaduna state.
A report by The Cable indicates that the airstrike was confirmed by the state government. The brutal and precision-guided airstrikes were conducted by the air force component of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS).
The state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, May 4.
It was gathered that the bandits were gathering at the outskirts of Kugu to launch attacks on communities in Birnin Gwari local government area of the state, Daily Nigerian reports.
Aruwan explained that the troops in response to credible intelligence swung into action and cleared the bandits off the area on Monday, May 3.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai on his part thanked the air component and all the agencies involved for the successful operations.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that bandits killed 323 persons while 949 others were abducted by the gunmen in Kaduna state in the last three months.
The Kaduna state government made the disclosure on Friday, April 30, when giving a breakdown of data obtained from a security report in the state.
The commissioner for internal security and home affairs, who shared the data said most of the casualties were male while some were women and children.
In another report, Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has reacted to statements credited to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) concerning Nigeria's security challenges.
Mohammed maintained that the federal government's responsibility is not to prosecute suspected kidnappers and bandits.
The minister made the disclosure on Tuesday, May 4, at a press conference in Abuja. Mohammed said kidnapping and banditry were not federal offences.