Buhari orders military crackdown on banditry in Zamfara state

Buhari orders military crackdown on banditry in Zamfara state

- President Buhari has ordered a military crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara state

- The president's decision came after fresh attacks on some communities in the state

- President Buhari also approved the setting up of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has equally approved the setting up of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, for the purpose of gathering and sharing intelligence among the security agencies in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement Wednesday said the centre will also be used to tackle the desperate actions of Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east, especially through the use of mostly female, underage girls as bombers.

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This phase of the war will be intelligence-driven and the new centre is expected to intensify the harvesting and sharing of intelligence so as to bring to an early closure, the desperate last-minute activities of the terrorists.

President Buhari has ordered a military crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara state, following fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas.

To enable the army carry out this new mandate, the president has approved the request of the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) for the stationing of a full battalion of special forces in Zamfara state, and the operationalization of the newly-established 8 Division of the Nigerian Army in Sokoto in the new Order of Battle (OBAT).

The president has also approved the movement of the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian army from Sokoto to Gusau upon the take-off of the 8 Division.

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Meanwhile, Nigerian Air force has destroyed Boko Haram terrorists’ facility for manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in furtherance of its operation Lafiya Dole.

NAIJ.com gathered that the Air force director of public relations and information, Air Commodore, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said that previous NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had revealed the location to be a Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout, from where the Maiduguri su*icide bombing of 18 November 2017 was reportedly planned.

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Source: Naija.ng

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