The Nigerian military says its operation in the North-West has been hugely successful based on active resumption of farming, social and economic activities by the locals with reduced fear of threats in their localities.
The North-West has recently been bedevilled with incessant kidnappings, cattle rustling and wanton killings.
On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari had acknowledged that security agencies ought to do better in safeguarding the region.
However, in a statement signed by the Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the military said ”the flag-off of Operation Sahel Sanity on July 6 has yielded significant results.”
“The aim of the operation is to support Operation HADARIN DAJI in stemming the tides of the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, incessant killings and other sundry crimes in the North-West zone of the country.
“These acts of criminalities orchestrated by the bandits had before now crippled the agriculture, social and economic activities of the people of this zone.”
He stated that; ”the people of the North-West felt the operation’s “immediate impact” as the military recorded “tremendous successes within a short period of time.
“The gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY within the period under review have carried out series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence-building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States…These operations have led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of rustled cattles, arrest of suspected armed bandits, arrest of bandits informants and collaborators.”
“Furthermore, there were recoveries of large cache of arms and ammunition as well as recovery of motorcycles and other bandits logistics within the period,” Onyeuko explained.