President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the set up of a joint military and police operation to flush out bandits from the Northwest region.
Bittertruth Media reports that the outfit tagged “Operation Accord”, is targeted at ridding Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states of armed marauders.
This follows recent protests in Katsina and Niger over rising killings by the bandits.
A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quotes the President as saying that security forces were on top of the situation.
“The Presidency assures Nigerians, again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, urging more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.
“President Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircraft already deployed under ‘Operation Accord’. The operation was launched three weeks ago.”
Quoting the President, the statement says: “Nigerian military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges.”