•Declares clampdown on herdsmen/farmers’ killings
Billy Graham Abel, Yola, with agency report
The Nigerian Army has launched a special operation in parts of Kaduna and Niger states, to tackle rising cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling.
The operation, codenamed Karamin Goro, will cover Minna-Birnin Gwari-Pandogari and Minna-Sarkin Pawa general area, Deputy Director, Army/Public Relations, Muhammad Dole, said in a statement in Kaduna, yesterday.
Dole said the special operation involves the Nigeria Air Force, the Nigeria Police Force, operatives of the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
He said emerging cases of armed robberies, cattle rustling and kidnappings in the affected areas have continued to pose serious security threats to Nigerians.
“In response to these re-emerging security concerns, the division launched Operation Karamin Goro, to clear remnants of the criminals from their bases and ensure the safety of lives, property and safe movement of people within these general areas.”
Dole said arrangements and measures have been put in place to ensure safe passage of persons, motorists and their properties along the areas of operation. He solicited the understanding, cooperation and support of the public, to ensure hitch free and successful operation.
In a related development, Brigade Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, Brig. Gen. Muhammed Bello has declared total clampdown on perpetrators of herdsmen/farmers’ killings in Adamawa State.
He said the military will begin full deployment of military might in dealing with dissenting elements causing mayhem in the state.