- Lt-General Tukur Buratai says the Nigerian Army is working to ensure a lasting peace in parts of Kaduna and Zamfara
- Buratai expresses optimism of an end to insecurity in Zamfara state and the troubled area of Kaduna
- He also reveals new developments and the acquisition of new equipment for the fight against armed bandits
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday, July 31, promised to ensure that insecurity in Zamfara and Birnin Gwari in Kaduna states was over very soon.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai made the promise while addressing newsmen during an operational visit to the Nigerian Army base in Kachia, as well as the forward operation base in Kafanchan, both in Kaduna state.
The report quoted Buratai as saying while the southern Kaduna area has been stabilized, there were still problems around the Birnin Gwari area of the state and Zamfara as well.
“Nothing is making it difficult. Be rest assured that those places will be stabilised very soon.
“We have reinforced our troops that are there, and we are really reinforcing our equipment too. We are adjusting the deployment in that area.
“We are getting the relevant platforms to ensure that all the security agencies are able to deal with those issues,” Buratai said.
The report adds that the visit was routine and in order for him to see the troops and look at what the Army had in Kaduna.
The COAS also said the visit would give him an insight into some of the infrastructure being put in place, and what the troops were also doing in respect of operations.
“This place is part of Nigerian Army’s operational bases which we later developed into a full battalion.
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“We just acquired some of the equipment needed by the battalion, which we will soon start using in the area,” he said while warning that the level of insecurity had always been going up and troops therefore needed to be on alert to maintain security.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that 30 people have been reportedly killed in a raid on villages in Zamfara state by cattle rustling and kidnapping gangs.
It was reported that some armed bandits on motorcycles invaded five villages in Maradun district of Zamfara state on Tuesday, July 17, afternoon, firing shots indiscriminately and stealing livestock.
NAIJ.com also reported that the speaker of Zamfara House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, said that 15 persons were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday, July 28, in Maradun local government area of the state.
The governor of Zamfara state, Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the deployment of additional troops to the state over insecurity.
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