Army, police, DSS, other security agencies to launch final onslaught against bandits, kidnappers

The Armed Forces and the Nigerian Police Force have agreed to form a special joint operation to stop the widespread killings and kidnappings across the county.

The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, confirmed this on Saturday, noting that the armed forces and the police authorities had identified gaps in their efforts and resolved to address those issues together.

The DHQ spokesman, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in an interview with PunchNG, said the military and police were given “marching orders”, and had carried out a re-evaluation of their efforts against the bandits as well as the next line of action.

Nwachukwu stated, “The leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and the police have met and the meeting was to identify gaps in the operations and how to address those issues.

“There is a special joint operation coming up and all is already set for it. I cannot give you details of the operation. But it will take care of the banditry in the North-West region and other criminalities.”

It was also gathered that the special joint operation had already been named.

“The special joint operation is already in the pipeline with specific deployments expected from the army, the air force, the navy and the police, even with contributions from the Department of State Services, and the Nigerian Immigration Service,” the source added.