By Ismail Umar, Sokoto
The General Officer Commanding 8 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Hakeem Otiki, said operation ‘Harbin Kunama III’ has recorded tremendous achievements in neutralising armed bandits groups in the forest of Kebbi, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamafara States.
General Otiki stated this while briefing journalists on the activities of the operation, in 8 Division area of responsibility in Sokoto State North West Nigeria.
General Otiki said the success was as a result of the renew efforts by the army headquarters, increased collaboration with other security agencies and in the area of joint border patrols.
“The dynamics of the operation has assumed a new dimension which resulted to more collaboration, thereby yielding positive results culminating in to several encounters and defeat of bandits groups in Sokoto and Katsina States,” General Otiki said.
According to him, the division was also collaborating with “Operation Hadarin Daji” to serve as a blocking forces against fleeing bandits from Zamfara State.
He said the troops were able to arrest some suspected bandits, informants and logistics suppliers and had been transferred to the Nigeria Police for further investigations and proper actions.
General Otiki also said the troops were able to recover weapons and destroyed the bandits motorcycles.
He promised that the division would continue to foster greater understanding with traditional, religious institutions and state authorities toward enhancing security of the populace.
General Otiki commended Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, for his guidance and prompt response to their requirements.
He also appreciated the efforts of other security agencies including Vigilante groups and local hunter for their support to the Nigerian Army.
The GOC urged all law abiding citizens to continue to volunteer with timely information to security agencies for prompt action and to help army to always remain professionals in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.