July 16, 2024

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Rising banditry, deaths put Buhari, govs’ many promises to the test.

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Despite the Federal Government’s deployment of more military artillery to the North-West and North-Central regions, the worsening banditry situation casts doubt on the ability of the President, governors and the armed forces to tackle the menace, OLALEYE ALUKO reports
On June 1, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, worried by the festering banditry situation, decided to begin a military onslaught tagged Operation Accord, in the North-West and North-Central regions of the country.

The operation, the military said, was aimed at bombing targeted bandits’ camps and locations across about nine states in the regions – Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Kano, Nasarawa and Benue.

Barely a week after the operation, June 9 specifically, 18 persons were killed by bandits in fresh attacks on five communities in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. The bandits slaughtered the inhabitants across Kadisau, Kabalawa, Kwakware, Unwuwar, Wahabi and Raudama areas.

Apart from Katsina being the hometown of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), it was where the Defence Headquarters in the first week of May stated that troops attached to Operation Hadarin Daji killed no fewer than 146 bandits during clearance operations.

Also on May 24, the DHQ said ‘over 200 bandits were killed in multiple air strikes conducted on camps in Katsina and Zamfara states’ in its Operation Hadarin Daji in the North-West region.

The DHQ noted that the bandits were targeted and killed in Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in the Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

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