The Chief of Army Staff Lietenant-General Tukur Buratai has raised an alarm that Bandits fleeing Operation Harbin Kunama III in Zamfara State are now taking refuge in Kaduna, Kano and Niger states.
Burayai disclosed this while addressing a press conference at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
Buratai said the the bandits are fleeing due to successes recorded by the army in troubled areas such as Zamfara and Katsina states.
The Army Chief therefore urged the general public to claim ownership of the security of the country and willfully avail the Army with credible information that will assist in flushing out subversive and criminal elements from their hideouts and safe haven.
He said, “Be rest assured that the Nigerian Army will continue to support the non-kinetic efforts of the civil authority to combat criminality and banditry as well as prevent it from gaining traction and spreading to other relatively peaceful regions of the country.”
Buratai also announced that the army would be conducting the special exercise in the affected areas to rid them of the bandits and other criminal elements.
The army had launched Harbin Kunama III on April 1, 2019.