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Huge Losses From Army Fire In Zamfara Compel Bandits’ Relocation To Kaduna

The Oasis Reporters

May 4, 2019

Kadaria Ahmed’s viral protest video against the banditry, killings and kidnappings in her home state of Zamfara is gradually bearing fruit.
By Mike Odeh James

The reign of terrorism that occasioned the viral media blitz kick-started by some frustrated and angry Zamfara State women including Kadaria Ahmed seems to have started bearing fruit. The Nigerian Army has paid the killings in the home state of Nigeria’s Defence minister it’s desired attention.

The Nigerian Army has raised alarm that armed bandits and kidnappers were relocating to Kaduna, Kano and Niger states from Zamfara State where they have sustained huge losses inflicted on them by the Nigerian Armed forces.

The army has also said that the terrorists are fleeing from Zamfara State, as a result of its newly launched “Operation Harbin Kunama III.”

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai revealed this during a chat with pressmen. He said the army had concluded plans to extend the special exercise such as Operation Harbin Kunama to these states as well.

Gen. Buratai said: “Current threat assessments revealed the migration of the bandits from their epicentre to other areas in Kaduna, Kano and Niger states.

Local folks fleeing from bandits in the north.

Buratai, who said Exercise Harbin Kunama III was launched on April 1, 2019, after the Chief of Army staff’s press conference in Gusau, Zamfara State on March 31, 2019, said the exercise had achieved tremendous successes within the past one month.

Lt. Gen. Buratai, Chief of Army Staff.

“Several bandits and criminal elements have been captured and killed while some camps, hideouts and equipment of the criminals have been destroyed.

“It has however been observed that there appears to be a resurgence of their activities in other contiguous states to Zamfara.

“This is occasioned by fleeing bandits that have resorted to attacking soft targets while relocating to other safe havens within contiguous states of Katsina and Sokoto.

“Current threat assessments revealed the migration of the bandits from their epicentre to other areas in Kaduna, Kano, and Niger states.

“It is against this backdrop that Exercise Harbin Kunama III is being re-organised and its mandate expanded to effectively ensure the complete defeat of the fleeing bandits.

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