The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has dispersed bandits planning attacks in Kaduna State’s Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA).
The disclosure was made by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement released on Tuesday in Kaduna.
“The Nigerian Air Force, in response to credible intelligence, neutralized a group of bandits congregating in a location to carry out attacks in Birnin Gwari LGA on Monday, May 3,” he said.
On Sunday, the state government received information about bandits congregating on the outskirts of Kugu in Birnin Gwari LGA, according to Aruwan.
According to him, the LGA is also close to some villages in the Niger State’s Shiroro LGA.
“On receipt of the intelligence, which was dispatched to the military and other security agencies for further confirmation and action, the NAF component of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) mobilized for armed reconnaissance,” he said.
He said the first mission took place along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari route, as well as in Kuriga, Polewire, Gagafada, Manini, Udawa, Labi, Buruku, and nearby settlements.
“The target location was acquired and the bandits were engaged and neutralized accordingly at the outskirts of Kugu village.
“In a second mission, armed reconnaissance was carried out over the Kaduna-Abuja road, Olam Company, Rugu, Akilbu, Polewire, Rijana, Kateri and Jere. Normal human and vehicular movements were observed,” he said.
Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor, thanked the air component and all agencies involved in the active missions, according to the commissioner.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN