Armed Banditry: Defence Ministry warns traditional rulers, politicians conniving with criminals to retrace their steps.

The Ministry of Defence has warned traditional rulers, highly placed politicians and other sponsors of armed banditry in the North West fanning the killings and other insecurity in the area to retrace their steps as security agencies are now out to visit the full wrath of the law on them.

A statement by Col Tukur Gusau, Public Relations Officer to the Defence Minister, Mansur Muhammad Dan Ali, noted that the Ministry of Defence is very concerned about the security challenges in the North West particularly, in states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna state. 

It said, “Due to the recent prevailing security situation in the states the Ministry through the Nigerian Army is now conducting Exercise Harbin Kunama IV simultaneously in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States.

“The purpose of the exercise is to effectively flush out the activities of criminal elements in the North West. 

“The Nigerian Air Force has also intensified air strikes against the bandits in Zamfara. 

” So far, the combined efforts have yielded to lot of successes leading to the killing of many bandits, rescue of many innocent persons including the renowned Islamic scholar Sheik Ahmad Suleiman. “The Government is also addressing the remote and immediate causes that gave room to high spate of armed banditry in the states.

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