Armed Forces operations combat criminal activities in North Western Nigeria

Martha Obi, Abuja

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Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Acting Director of Defence Information

The Nigerian Armed Forces joint operations have recorded successes in combating criminal activities   in the country especially in North Western Nigeria.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Colonel Onyema  Nwachukwu  disclosed this in Abuja while briefing Journalists  on activities of operation Hadarin Daji and Operation Thunder Strike from the month of  May to July 2019.

Colonel Nwachukwu said “the two operations were launched in responsive compliance with the strategic directive by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to effectively tackle the spate of security challenges confronting some states in the North Western Nigeria”.

According to him, few months ago, problems of insecurity orchestrated by kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna-Abuja axis reached alarming proportions.

This necessitated several security operations and exercises to assist the Nigerian Police in tackling these criminal tendencies.

He pointed out that in order to fill the security gap, the Nigerian Chief of Defence General Gabriel Olonisakin constituted and launched the Operations.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Colonel Onyema  Nwachukwu  noted that the evaluation of the security situation re-strategized its anti-banditry operations with the launch of Operation HADARIN DAJI and Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE.

Colonel  Nwachukwu  said “the Operation HADARIN DAJI was launched to curtail armed banditry, kidnapping and other sundry crimes in Zamfara state and its environ which have recorded significant achievements”.

According to the Director, the Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE had the mandate to reorganize and coordinate the existing security structures along the road and rail line in order to bring the situation under control.

He said “the Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE has so far recorded some successes as several suspected kidnappers and bandits have been arrested with arms and ammunition recovered from the criminals in the last two months of operation”.

He re-assured Nigerians particularly inhabitants of Kaduna and Zamfara states that the military and other security agencies are committed to guarantee their safety and security.

Colonel Nwachukwu urged the public to remember to say something when they see something for together they could rid the nation of criminality and promote peaceful coexistence.

Ime Njoku