In a bid to ensure that peace returns to Northwest, the Nigerian Air Force has launched a fresh offensive against bandits in Sokoto State and has partnered the Nigerien Government to prevent the bandits from escaping through the country’s borders.
The troops under, Operation Hadarin Daji, had earlier launched attacks on the region and killed several bandits as well as the destruction of camps by military officials.
And to ensure that bandits that escaped with gunshot wounds do not leave through the country’s border to Niger, the airforce hinted that the Kagara Forest extends to the country and that it was liaising with the Nigerien Authorities to ensure that the bandits do not escape through the international borders.
At the launch of the operation, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, reiterated that the law enforcement’s commitment towards fighting bandits in the North-Western region of the country.
Abubakar, in a statement issued on Tuesday by the spokesman of the Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated that the fresh attack started on July 6 and that it was targeted at restoring peace to the region.
The airforce boss, who was in Sokoto to oversee the planning and launch of the fresh operation, expressed satisfaction with what has been achieved so far by the troops.
He noted that while sustaining the air offensive, the Air Component was working closely with ground troops to ensure that the armed bandits that escape the aerial bombardments are mopped up on the ground.
While calling for the support of all Nigerians, he assured the people of the military’s determination in creating a stable and secure environment.
“Security and development are two sides of the same coin and I am very happy with what the State Government is doing in order to enhance the development of communities so that people can see that they have a stake in the system.
“With what we are doing and what State Governments are doing, the problem of armed banditry will soon fizzle out,” he said.
Earlier, the airforce spokesman stated that the military exercise aimed at ridden the region of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements is in collaboration with the Defence Headquarters (DHQ)-led Operation Accord.