Several bandits have been killed while some others were arrested in Kaduna State after military strikes.
This was confirmed in a statement on Saturday by the Kaduna State Commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Mr. Samel Aruwan.
The bandits were neutralized during some operations carried out by the security forces in Chikun and Birnin Gwari local government areas leading to the smoking out of the criminals from their hideouts.
The statement reads: “According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, armed reconnaissance was carried out over Sani Maichuku, Alhaji Chorki, Sangeku, Zabiya, Dutsen Magaji, Kotonkoro and adjoining settlements.
“At Sani Maichuku, several bandit settlements were sighted, and were engaged as some bandits attempted to escape on three motorcycles.”
The statement further explained that Alhaji Chokri, bandits were sighted on five motorcycles with herds of cattle, and were duly neutralized by the fighter jet crew.
“Communication was maintained with ground troops particularly at Zabiya and Gwaska; no suspicious activity was reported in those locations.
“In another development, the military under the auspices of Operation Thunder Strike reported that suspected bandits attacked some farmers in a community off the Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun local government area.
“According to the report, villagers pursued and apprehended two of the suspects. However, due to the severe beating administered by the villagers, one of the suspects died from the injuries sustained. The other remains in critical condition, in the custody of the troops.
“Responding to the feedback, Governor Nasir El-Rufai commended the military for another successful round of operations in the Birnin Gwari area and praised their sustained efforts to deny bandits freedom of action.
“The Governor also enjoined communities to embrace full recourse to the law in cooperating with security operatives, stressing that self-help is always a dangerous option.” The statement said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has denied media reports that it neglected some Nigerian soldiers injured in the course of duty.
Naija News had reported that some wounded soldiers have accused the military authorities of neglect and non-payment of their allowances.
But in an interview with Daily Trust, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the 1 Division in Kaduna, Col Ezundu Idimah, dismissed the reports.
According to Idimah, the allegations made by the wounded soldiers are false and baseless, saying that the soldiers are well catered for.
Source: Naija News