By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
FOLLOWING the strategic operation “Harbin Kunama III” in initiative in the Sokoto, Kebbi , Zamfara and Katsina states laxis to combat the menace of insecurity occasioned by activities bandits, the General Officer Commanding 8 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Hakeem Otiki on Wednesday said the operation has made landmark break-through by the tremendous achievements it recorded against armed banditry in the forests across the four states.
Briefing newsmen on the operation’s feat over time, General Otiki said the 8 Division had significantly depleted to the lowest level the menace if insecurity within Sokoto state, its area of responsibility in the North West.
He attributed the feat to the vigour and renewed efforts by the army headquarters, increased collaboration with other security agencies and in the area of joint border patrols.
According to General Otiki” 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.
He further explained that the division was also fast tracking a synergy in collaboration with “Operation Hadarin Daji” to serve as blocking forces against fleeing bandits from Zamfara State to other neighbouring states within the axis.
In the same vein, Otiki disclosed that the troops made a remarkable break-through by arresting some suspected bandits, informants and logistics suppliers which were further transferred to the Nigeria Police for investigations and proper actions.
While stating that quite a sizeable number of weapons were recovered as well bandits motor cycles destroyed by the troops during operations, General Otiki, however, promised that the division would continue to foster greater understanding with traditional, religious institutions and state authorities toward enhancing security of the populace.
Similarly, he commended the Chief of Army Staff, Liutenant General Tukur Buratai, for his guidance and prompt response to their requirements.
Accordingly, he expressed appreciation to the untiring cooperation and resilient efforts of other security agencies including Vigilante groups and local hunters for their support to the Nigeria Army.
Otiki also appealed to all law abiding citizens to continue to volunteer with timely information to security agencies for prompt actions in he discharge of their professional and constitutional roles.