Banditry in Katsina, others under control – Buratai told Buhari
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on military operations against bandits in the North West zone of the country.
Mr Buratai made this disclosure while briefing newsmen at the state house.
He expressed optimism that the security situation in the North-West zone was under control due to steps taken by officers and men of the Nigerian Army in collaboration with other security agencies.
“We are there fully supporting the already ongoing operation Hadarin Daji, which is a joint operation of all armed forces and security agencies.
“So far, this collective effort is making tremendous progress in the area of bringing about normalcy.
“Unlike where we had series of killings, kidnapping, cattle rustling and of course they tried to prevent the people from going to their farms and farm this season – this has been addressed.
“There is the presence of number of troops in the North West and they are carrying out surveillance, operations, and patrols to ensure that nobody is molested if he/she goes outside the community to farm.
“We assure that this would be sustained throughout this year’s farming season and beyond,’’ he said.
The Army chief therefore, commended his men involved in the peacekeeping operation in the zone and other parts of the country for doing a good job, assuring that normalcy would soon be restored to the affected areas.
He urged all Nigerians to support the military and other security agencies so as to end insurgency and other security challenges troubling some parts of the country.
The COAS stressed the need for vital information about the whereabouts and movements of insurgents and bandits, saying this would help a lot in containing the situation.