The Niger State Government has revealed that at least 200 bandits have been killed in the state in the past three days in security operations while 60 motorcycles, unspecified number of cows and arms were recovered from the terrorists.
Emmanuel Umar, the state’s Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, said this yesterday.
Umar spoke at a press briefing at the Government House, Minna on the directive of the governor.
He many commanders of the terrorists were killed in the operations, pointing out that the eliminated terrorists belonged to the camps of Ali Kawajo, Yello Janbros, Kachalla Halilu and Bello Turji.
The commissioner added that the success recorded was due to a new approach evolved in the joint security operations and the collaboration of traditional leaders, community leaders and members.
He said over 60 motorcycles, unspecified number of cows and arms were recovered from the terrorists, adding that the arms have been handed over to the security agencies.
The commissioner said the security agencies, however, recorded two deaths and many injured officers, whom he said are receiving treatment at a government facility.
His statement read in part:
“Governor Abubakar Sani Bello sympathised with the families of the security operatives that were killed and their agencies saying that their sacrifices are appreciated and will not go unrewarded.
“While commending the security agencies, community leaders and members of the affected communities for their collective efforts towards annihilating the terrorists, he cautioned the general public to be vigilant as some of the terrorists who escaped with bullet wounds are taking shelter in some communities.
“He passionately appealed to the public to report any strange persons within their environment while re-iterating government’s determination to win the war.
“We are appealing to the general public that this fight is not for government alone, it is for us all, we will not rest, until we chase them out of our land, and will continue trailing those that have escaped as well ensure that we do everything possible for them to pay, for the destruction that they have causing our people.”