In response to the re-emergence security concerns in Niger and Kaduna states, the 1 Division Nigerian Army (1 Div NA) has launched Operation Karamin Goro to clear the remnants of the criminals from their bases and ensure the safety of lives, properties and safe movement of the people within these general areas.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Col. Muhammad Dole, said Operation Karamin Goro (OKG) seeks to consolidate the gains of the previous operations by completely denying the criminals freedom of actions and the will to commit acts of criminalities against innocent and law-abiding citizens.
Dole said the launching was necessitated by the re-emerging cases of armed robberies, cattle rustlings and kidnappings in the general areas of Minna – Birnin Gwari – Pandogari axis and Minna – Sarkin Pawa road in Niger and Kaduna states continue to pose serious security threats.
He said: “These criminals use the thick forests as hideouts and major highways as staging areas to perpetrate their nefarious activities along highways, major roads, adjoining towns and villages.
” As a result of their dastardly acts, some remote villages were completely deserted, causing the residents to abandon their ancestral domains to unknown destinations for their safety.”
“In this operation, troops of 1 Div NA are closely supported by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack helicopters, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) detachments, Department of State Services (DSS) operatives and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel to ensure that peace and security, as well as law and order, is restored.
“Necessary arrangements and measures have been put in place to ensure the safe passage of persons, motorists and their properties along these areas while the operation lasts,” he added.
Dole stated that while assuring the residents of these towns, villages and highway users the commitment of the troops and other security agencies involved in the operation, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Div NA, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed seeks the understanding, cooperation and support of the general public for a hitch-free operation.
He urged the urged the public to provide credible information to the security agencies that will lead to the speedy execution of this operation.
The DDAPR said that in addition to numerous means of communication, the general public to enjoined to call 193 from any network provider to reach the security agencies for prompt response.