- Some criminals terrorising the peace of Nigeria have been eliminated by Nigerian troops in Niger state
- However, a gallant personnel of the Nigerian Army has also lost in life in the battle according to reports
- According to sources, the bandits wanted to attack a community in the state but the presence of the Army saved the community
Nigeria's military has gained another decisive victory against criminals as 15 armed bandits were killed in a gun battle.
According to sources, the incident occurred on Saturday evening around 4pm when the bandits were sighted by troops on patrol at Anguwan Mallam, near Kontagora town.
The troops consequently engaged the bandits in a firefight, leading to the death of a number of bandits and a soldier.
The sources added:
“The presence of the military was what saved our community from the Bandits. They came in their number on motorcycles and the people became scared because we don’t have what it takes to face them."
Leadership and Success
Although the reign of terrorists and bandits in the north is still very obvious going by the number of mindless killings, kidnappings, and unprovoked attacks which have been on the increase, the special command has recorded laudable successes.
Recall that President Buhari had during his visit charged frontline troops in Maiduguri to put in more efforts in the fight against insecurity.
According to the president, there’s still a lot of work to be done in defeating insurgents in the troubled northeast region of the country.
The president made the comment while addressing troops of the Joint Task Force at Maimalari Cantonment parade ground in Maiduguri
The unit has neutralised and chased countless insurgents from the north to other parts of the country, a fact recently confirmed by the president himself.
There is no doubt that Buratai's leadership of the command is part of his credentials that earned him the highest position in the NA.
His successor, Ibrahim Attahiru, also led the unit with the directive to track, capture, and kill Shekau in not more than 40 days given by Buratai.
COAS Yahaya's Administration of the Command
Recall also that the current COAS, Major-General Farouk Yahaya, who was also a one-time head of the command, was said to have supervised operations that killed about 2000 insurgents in two months.
Records showed that from April 2021 when Yahaya took over the war against insurgency as the commander of Operation Hadin Kai, the ranks of Boko Haram were depleted.