Nigerian Army, Friday, said bandits fleeing from Zamfara State following “ceaseless superior firearms from troops” were responsible for recent attacks in Katsina and Sokoto states.
The army also said the bandits had migrated from their epicentre to Kaduna, Kano and Niger states following the success being recorded by troops after the launch of its special operation, tagged: “Operation Harbin Kunama III.”
To this end, Nigerian Army announced that it would be conducting the special exercise in the affected areas to rid them of the bandits and other criminal elements.
Chief of Army Staff, Mr Tukur Buratai, a Lt. General, addressing a press conference at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, on the “Re-organisation of Exercise Harbin Kunama III”, regretted that the fleeing bandits had “resorted to soft targets while relocating to other safe havens within contiguous states of Katsina and Sokoto.”
Speaking through Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Mr Lamidi Adeosun, a Major General, Buratai vowed that bandits and other criminal elements hiding in forests of the affected states would soon be smoked out in the newly re-organised army special operation.