Land, Air strikes kill 392 bandits in Katsina
The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that 392 bandits have been killed since the commencement of Operation Katsina in both air and land offensives.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche stated this during briefing update on Armed Forces of Nigeria Operations from 28 May to 4 June 2020.
He said Operation Katsina which commenced 14 May has seriously degraded bandits and other criminals in the Northwest region of the country.
“Following closely, in the North West and North Central parts of the country, the gallant troops through land and air offensives successfully neutralized 392 bandits since the commencement of Operation KATSINA, which seriously degraded the bandits and other criminal elements in the two zones.
“Consequently, those bandits that escaped resorted to reprisal attacks on civilian targets. However, Operation ACCORD was preemptively planned by the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to handle this situation. In this regard, the Chief of Defence Staff ordered the commencement of Operation ACCORD from 1 June 2020” he said.
He explained that, Operation ACCORD is a joint operation involving the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies. “It is a concomitant operation by all the theatres of operations in the North West and North Central regions of the country targeted at tackling banditry and other criminal activities. In this regard, all identified hideouts and hibernations of the enemies will be decively cleared through land and air combat actions”
He however noted that the plan can only be achieved through provision of credible information that can translate to actionable intelligence.
He therefore called on the general public to avail the various operational out fits in their locations with desirable information, to enable the Nigerian military and other security agencies achieve the set objective.