The Chief of Army Staff (CAS), Lt. General Tukur Baratai, has vowed that the Nigerian Army will continue to be ruthless, decisive and aggressive against the marauding bandits terrorizing the North-west region of the country.
Buratai, who spoke today, September 12 at a news briefing at the Special Army Super Camp IV, Faskari, Katsina State, said that the army would continue to adopt evolving security strategies to end bloodletting facing the region.
The Chief of Army, who was at the Special Army Super Camp to access the progress of Operation SAHEL SANITY in the Northwest region, said that the troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have showed courage and determination to tackle prevailing cases of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and smuggling of firearms bedevilling the region.
General Buratai said that the Nigerian Army is determined to work hard with civil administrations to have a country devoid of acrimony or rancor, adding: “so far with the brief I received this afternoon (Saturday), I am highly impressed with the level of commitment, dedication and loyalty of the troops.
“Be less assured that we will be ruthless to all those criminals who are bent on disturbing the peace and security of our country. We call on the people of the states to support the troops collectively to achieve the desired objectives of having a secured Nigeria.
“We will not tolerate this attitude or conduct of molesting, kidnapping, killing and raping of innocent girls and women. We are determined to work hard with civil administrations to have a secured and peaceful Nigeria.”
Earlier, while briefing Buratai on the achievements recorded by troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY, Major Adamu Ngulde said that they had killed 103 bandits and rescued 137 kidnapped victims in the last two months of the operation.
He said that the troops arrested 149 bandits, recovered 3,948 rustled cows, 1,627 rustled sheep and 39 bandits’ logistics suppliers within the period under review.