- Security agents in southwest have been asked to look out for fleeing bandits running from military onslaught in Zamfara
- It is believed that the criminals are already on the run and would prefer the safety of southern states
- Recall that in recent times, things have not bee easy for bandits in northern states as a result of some government policies
Security personnel in southwest states like Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Lagos Ogun have been asked to be on the look out as fleeing bandits from northwest are now trooping into southwest states.
Security outfits like Amotekun have been instructed following intelligence reports that bandits being dislodged from Zamfara state were fleeing southwards.
The commanders said residents of the states had been told to be vigilant and guard against infiltration by the fleeing hoodlums.
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Recall that the bandits had also been hit by hunger following the decision of the state government and neighbouring states to close regular markets, where they were getting foodstuffs, Daily Trust reports.
There were reports that many bandits had been killed during military raids, while others were said to be fleeing Zamfara state.
Right now, the criminals have reportedly struck in Kogi and Ekiti states.
Bombardments: Fleeing bandits abduct 20 villagers in Sokoto community
Meanwhile, bandits suspected to be fleeing Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aerial bombardments in the Bakura-Talata Mafara axis of Zamfara state on Tuesday, September 7 stormed Dange Shuni local government area of Sokoto and kidnapped at least 20 residents.
Residents of the Dange Shuni local government area claimed that communities in the area were witnessing an influx of bandits recently.
Many bandits’ leaders and their foot soldiers have been killed during the military raids. They were reportedly killed by ground troops and through aerial reconnaissance since the blockage of communication and restriction of movement in the state.
Insecurity: Katsina governor cries out
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina said that at least 10 out of the 34 local government areas of the state are under siege of bandits and other criminal elements.
The governor, who disclosed this on Thursday, August 5, in Katsina when the Cheif of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Farouk Yahaya visited him in his office, said the residents of the state could not sleep with their two eyes closed.
Masari stated that he and his people are disturbed by this issue of banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, saying that they record at least one or two incidents every day.