President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday returned to Abuja after spending days in Katsina State where he joined his kinsmen to mark Eid-el-Kabir.

He left after he met with troops deployed to Zamfara to curb the activities of bandits and criminals in the northern state.

Hundreds have been killed in the state since the beginning of this year in heightened bandits activities in different communities. 

Before departing Katsina State on Saturday for Abuja, the President admonished the soldiers to be of good conduct while discharging their duties in Zamfara. 

The troops, under Operations Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya, are also expected to end the activities of the bandits in neighbouring states in the shortest possible time. 

Buhari addresses troops deployed to Zamfara

Also at the airport where the interactive session held, were the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari and the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Vice Marshall Sampson Akpasa.

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Katsina airport is the closest to Zamfara State and troops are airlifted to the airport after which they will go by road to Zamfara.  

After the interaction with the troops, President Buhari left for Abuja. 

He has been in Katsina since Monday and he celebrated the Eid-el-Kabir there.

On July 30, the President issued a directive for the deployment of 1,000 strong force to Zamfara State to quell the activities of the bandits.

Buhari addresses troops deployed to Zamfara

After that directive the NAF began the deployment of fighter aircraft to Katsina, the airport with the closest proximity to Zamfara State to make for immediate and effective response to the menace of the bandits.

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