Trouble For Zamfara Bandits As 1000 Strong Soldiers Come In
The bandits in Zamfara State should be on the run, as an end is coming to their activities.
In the past few months, they have carried out series of attacks on communities in the state, but the Nigerian government said on Sunday that it has assembled 1,000 strong military force, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil defence to launch fierce attacks on the bandits terrorising these Zamfara villages and towns.
President Muhammadu Buhari issued that directive and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started 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.
This had not been possible in the past because there was no fuel depot facility in Katsina, but NAF has devised a way around the problem, a spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu said in a statement on Sunday.
The President has also authorised the engagement by NAF, of advanced satellite surveillance technology to help in accurate detection of movement and locations of the bandits.
"The government had to go to this extent because of the limitations of conventional surveillance, as the use of satellite technology could make the task of NAF less problematic.
"Following directives from the President, at the weekend, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, was in Gusau where he met the Deputy Governor of the State.
"The Chief of Air Staff reiterated the President’s pledge that he would never abandon victims of attacks to their fate, reaffirming that security remains one of the cardinal pillars of his campaign promises and no leader would be happy to see his own citizens killed by criminal groups across the country," the statement read.
The Presidency also appealed to all Nigerians to unite and speak with one voice on security issues and urges politicians to stop exploiting national security challenges
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