President Buhari as Commander-in-Chief of the nation’s armed forces has set the ball rolling for a major military operation in Niger State which has faced continued attacks on its communities by bandits and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists fleeing theaters of war in the Northwestern and Northeastern parts of the country.
This was disclosed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement he signed on Sunday, titled ‘President Buhari sets the ball rolling for a big military operation in Niger State.’
Recall that there have been killings too many in Niger State. On January 11, at least 13 people were confirmed killed in an attack by bandits now known as terrorists in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state. Spokesman for the police in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the killings. He also added that the assailants attacked villagers harvesting crops on their farms in Nakundna Village in the same Local Government Area.
The State Governor, Abubakar Bello, in a statement, indicated that the attack spread to another village in Wurukuchi
Two persons were also reportedly dead and five others abducted in separate attacks in villages in Mashegu and Kontagora local government areas of Niger State on Friday, January 14.
.It was gathere that the bandits operated for hours in five villages as many cattles were rustled
According to Shehu, “In a directive to Defence Headquarters a few days ago, the President asked the military to respond robustly to the cases of killings & kidnappings in the State & to give effect to the strategic objectives through the use of force.
“In his message to the government and people of Niger State, President Buhari said, “I would like to express sincere sympathies to the government and people of the State following recent security incidents.”
The President reiterated that security is a responsibility of every member of the community and only through solidarity and cooperation with law enforcement agencies can we defeat the problems finally.
“Nigeria Govt is willing to strengthen support and cooperation with all the states. I believe that with the full cooperation of the citizens, we will surely overcome this problem,” said the President.
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