By Chinenye Festus:-
Special Forces drawn from the Nigerian Army and approved by the Defence Headquarters have arrived Kafanchan ahead of their deployment to the various flashpoints in the area later today to halt the senseless killings and restore peace in Southern Kaduna.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, made this known during this week’s press briefing on military operations across the country.
He said, in a bid to curb the recent attacks and isolated killings in Southern Kaduna, troops of Operation Safe Haven have intensified efforts aimed at securing the lives and property in the general area.
He said; “particularly, Special Operations Forces have been deployed to the Joint Operations Area covering the various flashpoints.
“This move is expected to achieve the desired result with the provision of credible and actionable intelligence specifically from primary sources.
“In this regard, the locals are requested to cooperate with the security agencies by availing them with the required information that will be useful to our collective objective of taking out the criminals from the area.”
Enenche also said troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have continued aggressive clearance operations in the entire North-West zone of the country.
He said, for the past one month, there has been a downward trend in the activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the general areas of Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, and adjoining states.
He said most of these criminal elements have been decimated, and gradually there was restoration of human activities in the zone.
He said farmers have returned to their farms while other economic activities have picked up across the zone.
The military spokesman said, in the North-East zone, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to sustain the tempo in the fight against terrorism in the zone.
He said, within the period under review, there has been reduction in the number of incidences recorded from the zone.
He said the troops have shown overwhelming superiority over the criminal elements which has degraded the operational capabilities of the BHT/ISWAP elements.
According to him, troops have also sustained the clearance operations, aggressive patrols and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance missions, sustained air offensive operations as well as artillery and aerial bombardments in the theatre of operation.
However, in the theatre the attention of the Defence Headquarters was drawn to the alleged activities of troops in Baga, regarding dealings in livestock and farming.
He said in line with military procedures, it was investigated and found to be baseless.
He added that the full details of the investigation will be made available at the next briefing. [DailyTrust]