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The
Nigerian Air Force, NAF has said that the air component of Operation HADARIN DAJI,
has neutralised no fewer than 10 bandits at forests near Birnin Gwari and Janko
Hill in Kaduna State.

NAF
Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola,
who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the operation was
conducted on Saturday.



“The
operation was conducted yesterday, October 5, following the directives of the
OPHD Headquarters to resume kinetic operations against camps identified as
harbouring unrepentant armed bandits.

“The
decision was taken in the wake of the attack on troops’ location at Sunke in
Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State as well as the increased migration
of bandits towards the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State,” he said.

Daramola
explained that the attack on the bandits was undertaken when a NAF helicopter
on an armed reconnaissance mission over the Birnin Gwari general area spotted
several bandits at the location and engaged them with its guns killing some of
them.

He said
some bandits were similarly tracked to Janko Hill and equally neutralised.

Daramola
said the objective of the renewed kinetic operations is to ramp up the pressure
on the bandits with a view to ensuring the ongoing peace process is not
scuttled.

“Accordingly,
the Air Component OPHD will continue to dominate the general area through armed
reconnaissance missions to facilitate a return to normalcy in the North West of
the Country.

“All
persons involved in banditry in the area are therefore strongly advised to
renounce violence, surrender to security agencies and hand over their weapons,”
he said.
(NAN)                                                                                   

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