Sokoto bandits have had a field day for sometime now, killing residents of some communities. 

Gandi and Tabanni villages in Rabbah Local Government area of Sokoto State has been most hit, but a counter force is coming against their activities. 

Nigeria's Armed Forces are shifting base and they have launched a joint security operation to clear bandits terrorising these communities.

In a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Sokoto, the spokesman for 1 Division, Nigeria Army Sokoto, Major Clement Abiade, said the operation followed the July 9 attack by bandits in which scores of villagers were killed.

It said that the operation, consisting of the Army, Air Force, Police, NSCDC and DSS, commenced on Thursday and would be extended to parts of Zamfara.

“The force is also expected to clear the LGA and the adjoining borders area of bandits and to a large extent, act as blocking force against fleeing bandits hibernating between borders of Zamfara and Sokoto states,” it said.

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The statement quoted the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Kennedy Udeagbala, as telling the troops to ensure smooth inter service cooperation, be disciplined and exhibit high level of professionalism in the conduct of the operation.

Udeagbala assured officials of adequate provision of logistics and welfare and urged them to be focused so as to achieve total success within the shortest possible time.

The statement said that the operation also included ensuring that all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently camped in Gandi, return to their homes safely and a secured environment.

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The spokesman for 1 Division, Nigeria Army Sokoto, also urged residents of the area to support security agencies with relevant information to clear the area of bandits and other bad elements.

The event was witnessed by the Commander 119 FOB, Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Earnest Owai.

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