President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the country’s security chiefs to flush out bandits and kidnappers by whatever means from Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina States and other parts of the country.
The president’s directive was disclosed yesterday in Katsina by the acting inspector-general of police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu.
Adamu, who was at the Government House, Katsina told Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, who was represented by the deputy governor, Mannir Yakubu, that all the security chiefs had been given marching orders by President Buhari to clear the bandits from all the states where they are having a field day.
The IGP admitted that the activities of the bandits were a source of concern to Buhari.
He said: “We know that the bandits have their camps in the forests, the strategy we are adopting is to take the fight to the kidnappers. We will go to their camps, identify the camps, destroy them and occupy them so that they cannot come back.
“There is an ongoing operation called ‘Operation Puff Adder’, which aims at clearing the bandits, arrest and prosecute them to give members of the public the confidence that anybody will not commit a crime and go away freely,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Air Task Force (ATF) of “Operation Diran Mikiya” has destroyed eight hideouts of the bandits in its renewed air offensive against the criminals in Zamfara State and its environs.
NAF director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said yesterday that the air strikes were intensified on Monday with the deployment of more aircraft in the state to flush out the bandits from their hideouts in Sububu, Rugu and Kagara forests.
Daramola said that on the first day of the intensive operation, the ATF conducted coordinated air raids against several identified armed bandits’ hideouts at Doumborou, Sububu, West Malamawa, Baturia Pond and Rugu forests, where several of them were neutralised and their camps destroyed.