Nigerian Army unleash special forces against bandits in Katsina
NEWSMAN, Abuja – The Nigerian Army has unleashed its special forces battalions on armed bandits terrorising northwestern states of the country including Katsina, homestate of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai in a wake up call to the military in Batsari, Katsina on Sunday night during a dinner with members of the Special Forces urged the troops to embark on a total crackdown and eliminate the terrorists.
“Recall that armed bandits had killed at least 153 persons in seven reported attacks in Katsina between April and June, with about 57 people killed on June 11 and the gruesome murder of a village head on June 14.”A recent report by Sahara Reporters said.
As part of efforts to tackle the menace, the Army Chief revealed that more men and ammunitions will be deployed to Katsina State in a bid to speed up the current operation against bandits, PUNCH reported.
“This type of conflict is very fluid. It is unpredictable. In this context, the best approach is to approach the adversaries with special forces”, Buratai said.
“You have no excuse for failure. That is why you received special training. We are bringing additional weapons, platforms and men. It is the desire of the President and that of every Nigerian to have a peaceful country. Your loyalty must be to the country and the Commander in Chief”, Buratai further charged the special forces soldiers.
General Buratai also addressed Internally Displaced Persons taking refuge in the palace of the District head of Batsari, Tukur Muazu, where he assured them of ongoing efforts by the federal government to tackle banditry and other crimes in the state and across the country.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has extended free medical services and distributed palliatives to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The gesture has provided succour to all those who had been displaced from their communities due to recent attacks by armed bandits in Katsina.
The Airforce has recently ramped up efforts to address armed banditry in the northwest with the deployment of additional air assets to the affected states, a statement said.