Buhari Authorises Military Action Against Bandits, Kidnappers in Katsina

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina State.

This was revealed in a statement Sunday, May 17, 2020 by the Senior Special Assistant to the the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Katsina State has come under heavy attacks by bandits and kidnappers in the past weeks as governments shift attention to the management of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

according to the statement, a major proactive operation by Special Forces, which details are being kept secret, is now in progress to replace the reactive strikes against insurgent camps.

“To give full effect to the exercise, a planning team is already in the State selecting targets and making preparations for the execution of the “unprecedented” operation.

“The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who has been measured in issuing official statements on the oncoming exercise, briefed the President on the plan he intends to flag off shortly.

‘President Buhari who expressed sadness over the recent attacks in the State extended his condolences to the families of those killed and prayed for the recovery of the injured,’ the statement read.

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