The Nigerian Armed Forces has been commended on the recent operations curtailing the activities of banditry and kidnapping in Niger State.
The Secretary to the Government of Niger State, Alhaji Ibrahim Matane said this during an interaction with the media on the 59th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Minna.
Alhaji Matane said security has been one of the major challenges affecting most part of the state recently.
Expressing gratitude to the military, he said; ”the recent combing of the vast forest and other targeted areas in the affected five local governments in the state by the Military, has brought normalcy in the affected five local governments suffering from the constant attacks by bandits over the last few months.
“For instance there have been no incidence of kidnapping or any form of crime recently most especially in local governments close to Zamfara State.”
A recent report by the media coordinator of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Ilyasu said the troops in their operational activities code named “Operation MESA ” designed to curtail Bandits, cattle rustling and other form of crime activities in the North Central States of Kaduna and Niger States, have continued to dominate the general area of the forest to deny the criminals freedom of action.
“Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade while on aggressive patrol in the forest along Sarkin Pawa – Mangoro road in Munya LGA of Niger State rescued 2 adult males who were kidnapped on 21st September 2019,” he stated.
Colonel Ilyasu who said the Nigerian Army in a recent joint operations involving the Air force, Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, raided an illegal mining site at a river bank bordering the College of Education Minna, Niger State. During the raid, ninety-eight suspects arrested while 2 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 2 Dane guns and other digging implements including 1 generating set and a Toyota Corolla car were recovered.
The Media coordinator of the Nigerian Army said that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai wishes to restate the commitment of the Army towards providing a safe environment for all citizens in Nigeria.
He further urged members of the public to kindly oblige the Nigerian Army with any information that would assist them in conducting their operations to rid the society of criminal elements.