- The moves against bandits operating in some states of the country have continued to yield some results
- Nigerian military seems to have adopted strategic approaches to ending the activities of bandits and kidnappers in Nigeria
- With the military operations, there is hope that residents in the state would begin to sleep with their eyes closed
The wife and mother of a notorious bandit popularly known as Bokkolo in Sokoto state were reportedly trapped as fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force bombarded his residence in the state.
Daily Trust reports the Air Force which launched its attack in a joint operation with the Nigeria Army, Air Force, Police, DSS, among others succeded in killing many lieutenants of the bandits in Sokoto state.
A resident confirmed that during the operation, Bakkolo's wife, mother and many of his gang members were trapped and likely killed inside the house.
The resident said:
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“But we are not sure whether he is among the dead, but his wife and mother were at home during the raid."
The operation by the Nigerian Air Force against the bandits started on Friday, November 19, with some of the gunmen fleeing to Tsabre, Sarkin Darai and Tiɗibale areas in the state.
Other residents of the areas said the bandits were seen running out of their hideouts with gunshot injuries during the raid.
President Buhari condemns attacks by bandits
The president also condemned the killing of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela local government areas in the state.
According to the president, the continued unprovoked killing and violence of unarmed citizens must come to an end.
He also promised that his administration would ensure that such violent acts are met with a fierce response from the federal government.
Governor confirms the killing of 15 people in Sokoto communities
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that bandits had attacked two local government areas in Sokoto state.
Confirming the attack, the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said about 15 people were killed in the two communities in the state.
Tambuwal describing the incident as sad said all hands must be on deck to ensure the activities of the bandits in the state are curbed.
Lawmakers condemn Sokoto killing, hold one-minute silence for victims
Also, lawmakers of the Ninth Senate led by its president, Ahmad Lawan held a one-minute silence for victims of the bandit attack in Goronyo market in Sokoto state.
The lawmakers said efforts must be made by the state and federal government to ensure that the killing of innocent and unarmed Nigerians come to an end
The decision by the senators followed a point of order raised by one of their colleagues, Ibrahim Gobir, who informed the Senate of the killings by bandits.