An African adage says it is better to cut down an Iroko tree when it is still tender before it will require more task to pull it down when it is mature. 

This is the reflection of the situation in Zamfara at the moment. 

The Nigerian Air Force has started aerial bombardments of bandits locations in Zamfara State to end their activities.

More than 200 persons have been killed by the bandits since the year began. Many have also been displaced in different communities.

The bombardment is a joint military offensive and the Commander of the 207 Quick Response Group of the air force, Group Captain Caleb Olayera, briefed reporters of the offensive in Gusau.

He spoke after taking delivery of two airplanes deployed for the operation.

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Olayera described the operation as part of a joint military operation, involving the air force, army, police and civil defence to flush out the bandits.

The Federal Government has since been battling the jihadist Boko Haram group in Nigeria’s northeast in a low intensity war that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions since 2009.

Olayera said that two helipads had already been constructed by the Nigerian Air Force for the Zamfara security operation.

“We told you that the helipads will be used as the base for our fighter jets to neutralise any group of criminals and their hideouts," the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying. 

He assured the residents of the state that peace would soon return to troubled communities in Zamfara with the commencement of the military operation.

The governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari, in an apparent frustration over the banditry in the state, recently renounced his position as chief security officer of the state.

He cited his inability to take charge of security agencies in the state to end the banditry. 

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